The Jakarta Post
To boost the population of local heifers, the Agriculture Ministry plans to focus on indigenous Bali cattle breeding this year.
Indonesia, a major importer of Australian cattle, aims to reach self-sufficiency in beef by 2021, after several failed attempts to do so since 2004.
The ministry’s animal husbandry and health director general,I. Ketut Dirmita, said the extensive cattle breeding would rely totally on natural animal feed and exclude hormonal treatment.
“This is because the [Bali] cattle fall into the type of organic livestock,” he said Tuesday as quoted by kontan.co.id.
To preserve Bali cattle, the ministry will take measures that include improving heifer nurseries on Nusa Penida Island established in 2013 and zoning areas for indigenous livestock, Ketut added.
An icon of local cattle, Bali cattle are known for their high meat quality and ability to easily adjust to temperatures. (lnd)
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