Feed Lot

DEC 2018

Feedlots and cow/calf operations in the beef industry who feed 500 or more has annually on grains and concentrates; maintain 500 or more beef cows; backgrounder, stocker/grower, preconditioner; veterinarian, nutritionist, consultant

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FEED•LOT December 2018 23 where our food comes from, seeing pictures of where our cattle are raised. I think that sort of connec- tion allows us to feel closer with the food that we're eating, realize that the men and women who are raising these products really care about them, and it's the same thing that they would feed their families at home," Gopie said. "And so, it provides us with a little more trust about the entire system by allowing that connection to take place." FL organization by sharing data, I can learn more about my organization, but also together, we can learn a whole lot more" he said "What we believe in is, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts." While the audience of quality-fo- cused cattlemen was intrigued, many had the same concern, voiced in a question: Is it secure? Gopie assured them it is. "With blockchain, your data belongs to you," he said. "We believe your data does not belong to the solution, nor does it belong to your transaction partners. And so, your data is held in secure en- vironments and it's only shared when you want to share it. It's encrypted and no one can get ac- cess to that data un- less you permission it." He added cattlemen have flexibility when it comes to sharing, too. "You don't have to permission all of your data — you can share piec- es of data, you can share all of your data, and you can share data with me or your transaction partners one month, but then change that permissioning so we share different data or no data at all the following month," Gopie said. And what about liability? Would a rancher or feeder be responsible if E. coli was traced back to his op- eration? What would that look like? Gopie said blockchain is about fact finding, not fault finding. And beyond that, it's important to re- member an outbreak may not be related to time on the hoof anyway. "It could've been any point during the supply chain, but by having the visibility, you're able to help figure out where different paths cross, and then you're able to identify the problem," he said. "So, it may not be on a farm at all. How- ever, if it is on your farm, wouldn't you want to know? Secondly, if it was not on your farm, you'd also want to share that information. You would be able to say, 'I understand it was Nigel's farm that had that problem and we're all there to help and ensure that doesn't happen again. But also, my stuff is safe.'" That's only one part of the equa- tion. In a much bigger sense, block- chain's application can allow a new and better way for consumers to feel connected to their food from pasture to plate. "A lot of us folks who live in a city love the idea of understanding Specializing In: • Turn-Key Feedyard Construction • Hog Site Construction • Complete Dairy Construction • Sprinkler System • CAD Design • GPS Survey • Slipform Concrete Feedbunks • Dirtwork of All Types • Laser-Equipped Machinery • All types of Fencing Phone: 800-536-2634 maxjantzexcavating.com

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