Hay Fermentation Supports Meat Self-Sufficiency in Indonesia

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PROF. Mirni Lamid, drh., MP., during her scientific oration for her inauguration as professor of UNAIR on Saturday, December 10. (Photo: Bambang Bes)

UNAIR NEWS – The demand on animal protein by Indonesian people is rising, but unfortunately it is fulfilled by imported meat as the number of cattle population is incomparable with the population growth each year. Efforts on increasing the cattle population especially cows are needed to achieve meat self-sufficiency in Indonesia.

It was stated by Prof. Dr. Mirni Lamid, drh., MP, in her scientific oration in her inauguration as professor of UNAIR on Saturday, December 10 in Garuda Mukti Hall, Management Office Building UNAIR. Bioengineering innovation on feed is needed to increase the cattle population especially cows. Therefore, the FKH UNAIR professor presented her oration titled “Peran Bioteknologi Pakan Ternak terhadap Pertambahan Berat Badan Sapi sebagai Upaya Pemenuhan Konsumsi Daging nasional”.

According to Mirni to increase the cattle population in Indonesia the farmers have problem on the feed as it depends on the season. During wet season, the feed is abundant, but in dry season, there is a problem to supply the grass as the main feed other than the concentrate as supplement.

She has succeeded in developing an enzyme to produce better quality feed which is able to improve the cows’ weight. The lignocelluloses or fibrolase enzyme is the product of Mirni and her team called Excelzyme 2. Excelzyme 2 can lower the fiber and improve the nutrient from the farming and agroindustry waste.

Mirni and her team’s research conducted since 2008 results were achieved from using ML-08 probiotic (Bacillus pumilus sp and Actinobacillus sp) which has the ability to degrade high fiber food. Hay fermentation with ML-08 probiotic can improve to 3.5% three proteins and lower the fiber to 4%. It means that hay fermentation can be used to make cattle heavier.

”This breakthrough has ever been done in 2010. We developed an integrated farming, where the waste can be use in the cycle to make another feed products,” she said.

Prof. Mirni used the complete feed. It is available anytime especially in dry season by using local material in the region. It gives opportunity especially in villages. The product also improves the cattles’ weight and also their economy.

“It shows that if the farmers want to manage their cows, their income will not be far from having jobs in the city. It opens opportunities, not only for better income but also to support the government in achieving meat self-sufficiency in Indonesia,” she said. (*)

Author: Binti Quryatul Masruroh
Editor: Bambang Bes

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