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Friday, March 11, 2016

Cattle Integration with Oil Palm in Sarawak

Cattle Integration with Oil Palm is the only proven sustainable method of cattle rearing in Sarawak considering high cost of production and lower return on investment. Large scale cattle rearing with improved open pasture system  is not economic due to high cost of production and maintainance  in Sarawak. The cost of pasture establistment is high.

However with the integration with oil palm concept they can optimaze the land usage. It is getting difficult to get labour in Sarawak and serius labour shortage make the plantation adopt alternative on weed management. Hence Ladang DAFA, Lundu, SALCRA and Rimbunan Sawit group of companies
used cattle to reduce it cost of weeding due to labour shortage. 
EPP5 project monitoring by senior officers from DVS, Putrajaya
Using electric fencing to manage the rotational system

Ladang Rimbunan Hijau, Lundu

SALCRA Kedup 1

Cattle Integration in Miri

Cattle integration with oil palm carried out in Miri Division successfully generate income for the estate and reduce wedding cost up to 40%.

Two estate involves include Ladang 3 and Subis 3 of SPAD.

Napier grass for their feedlot 

Good cattle crush for handling

Friday, February 19, 2016

Cattle Integration with Oil Palm Plantation

OIE evaluators Dr Herbert inspecting the Cattle Integration with Oil Palm farming system in Malaysia.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Sarawak is focusing On Integrated Cattle Farming

06/06/2014 (Bernama) - In an effort to increase the cattle population, the Sarawak government is focusing on cattle integration in oil palm plantations, said Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem.

He said of Sarawak's over 1.0 million hectares of land under oil palm, some 400,000 hectares are suitable for cattle integration projects, yet only about 80,000 hectares are used for this purpose, with only about 10,500 heads of cattle in oil palm estates.

"Assuming that five hectares can support one head of adult cattle for one year, oil palm plantations in Sarawak have the potential to support more than 80,000 heads of cattle.

"If all oil palm plantations practise this integrated farming, maybe Sarawak can be a net exporter of beef," he said in his speech, read by Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang, when opening the 1st Asean Regional Conference on Animal Production here Thursday.

Adenan said this system of production has associated problems such as labour cost, forage production and soil compaction, but these can be solved with the presence of brilliant scientists and agriculturists in Malaysia.

He said growing grain crops for feed may not be feasible when land is limited, but agricultural wastes may be an option, adding that the by-products from palm oil mills and other agricultural activities can be converted to animal feed.

Adenan said the state's livestock industry is growing in line with the federal government's livestock development strategies, pointing out that the state is self-sufficient in poultry and swine products, with quite a number of large poultry broiler and layer farms around Kuching, Sibu and Miri.

Sarawak's poultry and swine industries are well developed and do not depend much on government support, although the state still imports beef, milk and milk products as well as live animals for breeding, he said.

Adenan said the government has embarked on programmes to increase the goat population through schemes involving smallholders, adding the state, being free of foot and mouth disease, rabies and avian influenza, has the potential to be a centre for animal breeding and production in Malaysia.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Malaysia Can Become Self Sufficient In Milk In Five Years - Ahmad Shabery

KENINGAU, Dec 29 (Bernama) -- A good production system and some investment is all that Malaysia needs to be self-sufficient in milk within five years, says Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek.

"The target is within our reach but it requires a little investment by the government, the commitment of producers and suitable location," he told reporters after visiting the Evergreen Livestock dairy farm in Kampung Bomboi near here today.

Malaysia is dependent on New Zealand and Australia for its suppply of fresh milk, and imports about 20 million litres of milk annually.

Ahmad Shabery said Malaysia could produce 30 million litres of milk per year if the number of dairy cows could be increased by 10,000 heads.

"This calls for the government to make an investment amounting to RM200 million, including infrastructure. "What has been achieved here in Keningau is remarkable. It's not about the money but about the experience and the commitment."

Other than the need for more producers, he said the logistics system should be developed so that milk produced in Sabah could reach the peninsula in one day.

Shabery said the dairy farming model in Sabah, especially in Keningau, had been proven a success.

"The Sabah Government should also focus on the production of meat because dairy cows can also provide meat," he added.

Local meat producers can only meet 30 per cent of the country's demand for meat while the rest is imported.


Thursday, October 22, 2015

New tech allows cows’ weights to be monitored from space

SYDNEY: Australian farmers managing cattle stations as large as some European nations will soon be able to monitor their cows and pastures from space as part of ‘groundbreaking’ technology, scientists say.

The technology, developed with government and private funding, taps into a satellite passing overhead to record the weights of herds daily while monitoring pasture conditions — a task traditionally impossible due to the stations’ vast sizes and harsh, remote locations.

Some stations, such as Newcastle Waters in the Northern Territory, span 10,000 square kilometres — an area larger than Cyprus — and home to 55,000 cattle.

Australia is one of the world’s largest beef exporters.

“There’s just a huge labour component and time that goes into collecting that data (of weight and pastoral conditions), which is essentially why producers don’t do it on a more regular basis,” Sally Leigo from the Northern Territory’s primary industry department, the project’s research leader, told AFP yesterday.

On average, cattle are only weighed 1.5 times a year and only two percent of pasture is regularly viewed, the Cooperative Research Centre for Remote Economic Participation, the private-public funded organisation that developed the tool, estimates.

The technology exploits the stations’ semi-arid conditions, which means there is little access to surface water with cattle having to walk to man-made watering points each day.

A weighing platform that the cows — which each have an electronic tag — must step on is placed at the watering points and powered by solar panels, with the data fed to a satellite and then to a station manager’s computer.

The satellite also monitors pastures every 250 metres, allowing farmers to determine when cattle must be moved to the next paddock.

“The global demand for beef is booming at the moment,” said Murray Grey, whose family has for three decades run the remote West Australian 1,970-square-kilometre Glenflorrie station, one of the five taking part in the trial before a public showing next week.

“We’ve haven’t got the room … to breed more cows, but we have got the room to make the cows that we have got produce more efficiently.

“Ultimately, it’s getting that animal to market quicker,” Grey added, saying the technology would boost efficiencies in the lucrative business, such as cutting costs and lifting revenue, by 25 to 40 percent.

While farmers traditionally look for a visual change in a herd to determine when they are losing weight and their feed needs to be refreshed, the technology will allow them to monitor this almost instantaneously.

“There’s a lot of systems still in place on pastoral stations that haven’t changed in over 100 years … and it’s great for our industry to finally be in pace with the technological world,” Grey said.

Leigo said she was hopeful the technology would become commercially available to cattle stations worldwide by 2017. — AFP

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Cattle population under control at councillor’s farm

SERIAN: State Councillor Sunny Kon who rears Bali cattle has to impose some control to prevent them multiplying too fast as there would not be enough room to roam.

Kon said there were over 100 heads of Bali cattle on his 10-acre farm.

“Without some control, the population could have easily increased quite a lot because as we all know Bali cattle multiply faster. I need to impose some control on reproduction because of the limited space available,” he said.

He disclosed this when briefing a delegation from Terengganu Veterinary Department which made a study tour to his farm here yesterday.

According to Kon, he started breeding Bali cattle also known as ‘banteng’ or ‘tembadau’ about 10 years ago with only eight heads and within that period the number had multiplied more than 10-fold.

“I have not sold any of them. My plan is to breed as many as possible first and pass down the breed to others interested in the future.

“Bali cattle bred well in Serian. The problem is that the land I am using is only about 10 acres for about 100 heads of cattle,” he said.

Kon said he had identified a 200-acre piece of land nearby but at this stage he was still unable to move in as everything, including the infrastructure, was not ready.

“Having that size of land I am confident the population of Bali cattle in the state will expand very fast and one day Sarawak can become a major supplier of Bali cattle calves in this region,” he said.

He said to achieve this vision sooner, the government could come in to assist potential farmers.

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