The program aims to work with medium to large enterprises, and commercial smallholder cooperatives to develop commercially sustainable beef cattle breeding models. It does this by partnering with eight project partners in five Indonesian provinces, and testing three cattle breeding models (1) Integrated Oil Palm and Cattle Production (SISKA); (2) Semi-intensive Grazing and (3) Smallholder Cut-and-Carry. To date, 1,315 heifers and 113 bulls were distributed to 8 projects (5 provinces), and 1,452 calves were born. IACCB has entered the second phase in early 2019 focusing on (1) strengthening partner staff capacity to maintain good project performance; (2) developing small-holder institutional capacity; (3) encouraging pasture development; (4) research to establish the commercial impact of SISKA models; (5) finalizing technical modules designed for investors; and (6) finalizing the development of the Indonesian herd management software. The outcomes of this project will be shared with the broader commercial beef cattle industry in Indonesia, enabling innovation, expansion and investment in the sector.
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This project, managed by the Northern Territory Department of Primary Industry and Resources (NT DPIR), provided oversight of breeder cattle supplied by Australia on smallholder farms in East Kalimantan. The program employed a highly experienced Australian livestock manager to provide technical advice and training on breeder health, productivity and welfare to farmers, government officials and extension services staff. By the end of August 2018, the project will produce a practical documentation of lessons learnt to guide future breeder importation and smallholder breeding programs across Indonesia.