The Jakarta Post
The East Java administration has announced a hybridization program involving Balinese cows (Bos javanicus f. domestica) and Javanese bulls (Bos javanicus) in a bid to help improve the quality and productivity of new breeds.
The program would see 10 Balinese cows bred with the Javanese bulls in an effort to bolster domestic supply, thus making the country less dependent on imported beef.
Five cows are reportedly already pregnant. “We are expecting one of them to give birth within the next one to two months,” Ivan Chandra, an official of the Safari Indonesia Park (TSI) II Prigen, said in a recent interview.
The park hosts the crossbreeding program, which began in June 2011.
The male bull, who was transported from the Baluran National Park in Banyuwangi, has been incarcerated under a specialist’s care “in order to maintain his wild nature”.