Postgraduate Students of Faculty of Animal Husbandry Visit Farming Institutions in East Java

Postgraduate Program of Faculty of Animal Husbandry of University of Brawijaya held a field trip to farming institutions in East Java, Tuesday (18/Oct/2016). The visit was aimed to introduce farming institutions around UB campus. Since postgraduate students mostly dominated by outsiders of Malang area, like Aceh, East Timor, Gorontalo, Makassar, Lampung and Manado, thus being expected that the event will ease them to have partnership, such as conducting research.

Field trip participants followed by 26 post graduate fresher including 22 master program students, 4 doctoral program students, postgraduate secretary and staff. They visited farming institutions located in Singosari and Pasuruan, such as Great Hall of Artificial Insemination Singosari, UPT Pembibitan Ternak & Hijauan Makanan Ternak (PT & HMT), and also Loka Penelitian Sapi Potong, Grati.

The Greal Hall of Artificial Insemination will provide frozen cow sperm which its marketing has conducted throughout Indonesia and to be exported to several countries. Via artificial insemination technology, it is able to give million expectations for farming advancement in Indonesia. Since artificial insemination aims to fasten population, due a male cow is able to fertilize 12 females and also improving genetic quality of livestock. The institution located on foothills of Mount Arjuna also processed forages into hay and silage as livestock feed ingredients reserves during dry season. They learn production of the reserve from educational institution such as Brawijaya University on fodder resistance.

Journey of Faculty of Animal Husbandry troupe was pursued by visiting UPT PT & HMT which is not far from Great Hall of Artificial Insemination. UPT PT & HMT which located in Toyomarto village, Singosari is a technical implementation unit under Farming Agency which produces goat seedlings and also supported by several dairy cows. In addition, it also provides dairy goat products to become yoghurt, kefir, ice cream, and pasteurization milk. Recently they have 534 goats, with details 230 broodstock and 10 males, which mean a male is able to mate 20 females. The mating is conducted naturally unless artificial insemination assistance, and in two years can give birth three times. The seedlings which averagely aged 8 months up to a year are sold to farmer groups. They also have retail sales to wider communities.

The last destination of the visit was Loka Penelitian Sapi Potong (Lolitsapi) that was established in 1949 in Mojokerto and recently moves to Grati, Pasuruan. This Lolitsapi already had partnership with several colleges in terms of distribution and provision of excel cattle seedlings. In addition, available also several services like laboratories, experimental cage, experimental garden, cattle procurement and library.

Source: Prasetya Online