IACCB works with farmer cooperatives which collectively own and manage cattle and facilities. This breeding system involves small farmers cutting forage from their own land and carrying it to a breedlot, where mating, calving and growing occur.
IACCB selected 2 farmer Cooperatives:
These projects differ in terms of location, cooperative structure and financial capacity offering valuable lessons for achieving commercial sustainability.
Cut and Carry Small-holders - Partner Updates
The strong performance of Koperasi Petani Ternak Maju Sejahtera (KPT) in South Lampung has not gone unnoticed. A feedlot in Lampung, Juang Jaya Abdi Alam, has provided them with 20 pregnant heifers, some feed and technical support, in a profit-sharing deal. KPT is providing labour and housing and feeding the cattle and covering some operational costs. There is a guaranteed market for the progeny - the many interested farmer groups in the surrounding area, or selling the progeny to the feedlot KPT farmers are therefore keen to take part in the program.
Sentra Peternakan Rakyat Mega Jaya in Bojonegoro (SPR) in East Java. The long dry season and limited access to finance forced SPR to reduce their herd size so as to not exceed pasture carrying capacity. SPRs cattle breeding achievements have caught the eye of the Bojonegoro District Head, who has plans to expand the Bojonegoro breeding herd. This is in support of a national government policy encouraging local governments to take a more active role in the effort of increasing cattle population in Indonesia. An IACCB technical officer has provided hands-on capacity-building support.
P4S Karya Mandiri in Central Kalimantan, the third cut-and-carry partner, is actively using its site as a learning opportunity for students from vocational schools, as well as an agro-wisata (tourism) site for the broader public. Four vocational schools from different districts in Kalimantan sent a total of 45 students (5 female) to attend a three to four-month internships on the site that focussed on agriculture and BX cattle breeding. In February the site was visited by 300 kindergarten students and their parents to learn about cattle and agriculture. Other visitors included the Pulang Pisau District parliament members and the Central Kalimantan Provincial Livestock Agency.