Sentra Peternakan Rakyat (SPR) Mega Jaya is valued as successful in breeding Australian Brahman Cross cattle in 33 months partnership with the Indonesia Australia Commercial Cattle Breeding (IACCB) Program. For this success, the IACCB Program officially handed 73 Brahman Cross cattle to SPR Mega Jaya at Bojonegoro District today (7/10).
Thirty-seven breeder groups, members of the Livestock Production Cooperative (Koperasi Produksi Ternak/KPT) of Maju Sejahtera in Tanjung Bintang Subdistrict, South Lampung officially received the Brahman Cross Australia breeders from the Indonesia Australia Commercial Cattle Breeding (IACCB) Program (30/9).
After more than 2 years of partner engagement and project delivery, key commercial performance indicators (conception rates, calving rates, weaning rates, calving intervals and Average Daily Gains) are starting to show trends, supporting a more conclusive answer on the commercial viability of the SISKA model - cattle breeding in oil palm plantations and the Cut-and-Carry small-holder breeding model. The Open-grazing model will need another 6 months of data given the later start of the open-grazing project. Conclusive results for all three models will be made available to industry in early 2020.
The growth of the Indonesian cattle breeding industry is highly dependent on investors having access to competent staff – which is currently lacking in Indonesia. IACCB is supporting a number of exciting industry backed initiatives that aim to fill this gap.Both initiatives will allow IACCB partners to pass on their acquired cattle breeding experience and knowledge to their peers, government agencies and other interested stakeholders.
An exciting collaboration with P4S Karya Mandiri Desa Kubu (Pusat Pelatihan Pertanian dan Perdesaan Swadaya) in Central Kalimantan is underway with the delivery of twenty pregnant BX-heifers, of which more than 50% have already given birth.
In 2018, the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) undertook preliminary research on the impact of cattle grazing under oil palm, specifically on soil fertility, oil palm productivity and the spread of Ganoderma.