Several UNE PhD and PhDI candidates have provided an update on their recent activities, and plans for the remainder of 2019.
During July-September, 2019, the PalmCow animal production team visited project research sites across all three provinces (Riau, East Kalimantan and South Sumatra) to enrol cattle into the Commcare system for future animal production research activity. Dr Yeni Widiawati (ICARD) and Mr Arthur Cameron (NT DPIR) provide more details on the enrolment process.
The PalmCow animal production team is collaborating with the Gading Jaya farmer group in the Tapung sub-district, Kampar district, Riau. Dr Yeni Widiawati, PalmCow project leader and animal production team leader, and an animal nutrition specialist based at IRIAP, provides a summary of the team’s monitoring activity at this site in May 2019.
The Northern Territory Department of Primary Industry and Resources (NT DPIR) is a senior Australian partner in the PalmCow project, working closely with Indonesian partner agencies, collaborators and local stakeholders, and with colleagues from the University of New England to build capacity in improved management of palm-cattle integration.
The feedlot sector accounts for approximately 10% of total beef production in Indonesia. It is a potential contributor to meeting Indonesia’s beef self-sufficiency target, as well as a competitor for the smallholder cattle producers.
In May 2019, an IndoBeef market chains team comprising Christie Chang and Febrina Prameswari visited two feedlots in Cianjur, West Java. These included PT Ben Buana Sejahtera and PT Pasir Tengah.
Jori is one of our IndoBeef PhD candidates and has been selected as one of 22 recipients of The Crawford Fund 2019 Student Award!