Sarad comes from the Javanese word seret (rough, not smooth) and has been adopted into the Indonesian language. The meaning has changed to dragging or pulling something.
Sarad sapi (cow-drawn plow) is a method widely used when harvesting teakwood in Blora, Central Java. The tradition started during the Dutch colonial era and was maintained even after Indonesia declared its independence in 1945 because of its usefulness.
The Blora forest’s management team has long utilized the method with the help of surrounding residents, especially those who own cows or oxen. Each plow, which is pulled by two animals, is fastened with a chain that is then wrapped around a piece of lumber.
The area is not easily accessible by trucks, so the forest management uses the sarad sapi method instead of vehicles to transport timber during harvesting season.
Blora is known for producing the best-quality teakwood in Indonesia. Every year, the management can harvest teakwood that is more than 70 years old. Surrounding villagers have been helpful in allowing the forest management to rent their cows to pull the teakwood. [yan]