Prof Jakaria Describes Opportunities for Bali Cattle to Become Premium Meat

Prof. Jakaria, Professor of the Faculty of Animal Science, IPB University, explained the uniqueness of Bali Cattle in the Professor's Pre Oration Press Conference, (24/11). In his presentation, Prof. Jakaria said that of the total national cattle population, Bali cattle contribute as much as 26.5 percent. The main population is spread across the islands of Bali, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), South Sulawesi and Lampung.

"Judging from the total population of Indonesia (272 million people), the national demand for meat is still not being met and there is even a deficit of 39 percent. In addition, nationally, the need for seeds is still very high (7,745 individuals). Only around 2,409 certified seeds have been produced," he explained.

He added, efforts to increase the productivity of beef cattle in Indonesia continue to be carried out with various approaches such as increasing the quality and quantity of feed based on local raw materials, maintenance management, reproduction management, and disease management and prevention. In addition, efforts to improve quality are no less important, namely by increasing genetic quality, especially for Bali cattle.

"The direction of developing and utilizing Bali Cattle in the future can be focused on producing premium beef. To achieve this goal, the approach can be based on conventional and non-conventional breeding. Namely using the genome data that has been obtained, strengthening cooperation between academia, business, government, society and the media. In addition, it involves other fields of science, especially multi-omics technology (genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics)," he said.

According to him, the results of the genome analysis that he obtained in his research can be used as a reference for future Bali cattle breeding strategies. Genes associated with growth traits and meat quality can be used as candidate genetic markers or marker assisted selection (MAS).

“Currently, the use of genomic technology has been applied in other countries as a method for determining seeds. For example, Limousin Cattle and Belgian Blue Cattle," he added. (**/Zul)

Published Date : 25-Nov-2022

Resource Person : Prof Jakaria

Keyword : IPB University, Faculty of Animal Science