Wyoming’s Beefchain first blockchain company in the world to receive USDA certification
SUNDANCE, Wyo. — Tyler Lindholm, program manager for BeefChain (a Wyoming-based company that provides cattle producers with blockchain technology that provides immutable proof of source, age and health of individual cattle), announced that the company has received certification from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Process Verified Program.
This means that software created by BeefChain is now sanctioned by the USDA and provides the highest level of assurance for cattle buyers across the globe that premium beef is exactly that: premium.
“This is all about giving the best beef producers the tools to better market their premium beef,” Lindholm said. “Customer demand for naturally raised beef has never been higher and now producers can market their cattle with this USDA-certified program.”
The BeefChain software creates a digital trail of transparent, tamper-proof records through the supply chain from pasture to plate. A digital identify is created for each animal and all participants in the supply chain. This guarantees proof of value-added attributes, ownership, and change of ownership as the cattle travel through the supply chain.
Lindholm said BeefChain is the first company in the state of Wyoming and the first blockchain company in the world to receive USDA certification.
“This is a big deal,” Lindholm said. “The USDA recognizes that our products are sound. This means that cattle producers can provide proof to buyers all over the world about where the cattle was born, how they were raised, where they were raised and the overall health of the cattle.”
Lindholm said there are four distinct programs that cattle producers can enroll in. All provide immutable digital proof to cattle buyers of individual cattle identity and how they were raised. The four programs include:
• Non-Hormone Treated Cattle. This USDA certified program is for cattle producers who do not treat their cattle with hormones at any time during their lifespan.
• BeefChain Natural. This USDA certified program is for cattle producers that don’t treat their cattle with hormones, antibiotics and ionophores. Only cattle that have been on natural forage for 90% of the first six months of their life can qualify.
• BeefChain Wyoming+: This USDA certified program is for Wyoming cattle producers who ensure their cattle are pasture-raised. Only cattle born in Wyoming are eligible.
• Age and Source Verification: This USDA certified program provides immutable proof of individual cattle age and where the cattle was born and raised. ❖