Since October 2016, PT Buana Karya Bhakti (BKB) has integrated Brahman Cross (BX) cattle production with their oil-palm plantation business – a SISKA model.
Weaners need good quality feed when they lose access to their mother’s milk. The cow’s milk, rich in protein and energy, is very beneficial for the calf, but its production prevents the mother quickly falling pregnant again.
Between 2015 and 2019 Indonesian beef production fluctuated widely with a high of 518,484 tons in 2016 and only 490,420.8 tons in 2019. According to the Indonesian Central Statistics Agency (BPS) total beef demand in 2019 reached 686,270 tons, with Indonesian beef demand at 2.56 kilograms per capita per year.
The summary findings of almost two years of research by BPPT at two commercial oil palm plantations in South and Central Kalimantan were that cattle grazing had no measurable commercial impact on Fresh Fruit Bunch (FFB) yield, Ganoderma incidence or soil chemical and fertility factors. Cattle grazing did however reduce weed control and herbicides costs.
The Integrated Cattle – Oil Palm Conference (ICOP) was held on the 23rd October in Jakarta with over 240 delegates attending. Convened by the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) and the Partnership, ICOP explored the latest developments in cattle oil palm integration.
National government and research institute interest in SISKA is at an all-time high. IACCB and our partners have presented SISKA results to the MOA on numerous occasions over the last 3 months, and recently staff from the MoA Directorate Feed and the Directorate Processing and Marketing Livestock Products visited BKB.