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Where’s the Beef?

Bali Seeks to Make Local Beef Production Competitive with Imported Meat.

(11/27/2011) The Bali Agricultural, Fisheries and Sea Service (Disnakanlaut) is seeking ways to increase the consumption of local beef products by starred hotels in Bali.

The head of the Disnakanlaut office for the Badung regency, I Made Badra, is confident that a recently opened breeding center located in Sobangan Village near Mengwi positions Bali to compete with imported meat products.

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Badra told NusaBali that the quality of the marbling of Balinese beef was the equal of imported cuts. The improvements achieved in cattle production in Bali are also demonstrated by birth weights for calves of between 14-18 kilograms and weights of 700 kilograms for slaughtered  cattle.

These improvements, according to Badra, are linked to feed stock mixtures.

The Badung regency cattle nursery is operated in cooperation with the Veterinary Faculty of Bali’s Udayana University. To date, a total of Rp. 6 billion (US$666,000) has been invested in the nursery, with a further Rp. 10 billion (US$1.1 million) allocated in 2012 for infrastructure, feed and other facilitiy improvements at the nursery.

The stock yard/nursery covers a total area of 10 hectares encompassing a feed processing facility that can produce 5 tons of feed each day.

At present, 25 people are employed at the facility.