Efforts of UNAIR KKN BV students and Balung Situbondo breeders to improve beef cattle quality

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One of the members of KKN BV team gives treatment to improve beef cattle quality. (Photo: By courtesy)

UNAIR NEWS – The students of Universitas Airlangga in 61st Community Service Program Back to Village KKN BV held in Balung Village, Situbondo Regency received positive responses from the local residents. Moreover, one of the excellent programs carried out is related to the main needs of local residents, animal husbandry.

Animal husbandry is the one of the economic fields of Balung Situbondo villagers. Generally, they earn a living as cattle breeders, especially beef cattle. But the lack of attention to the health of cows makes many of them experience many diseases. Some of them are intestinal worms and cows that collapse or experience hypocalcemia (lack of calcium) when giving birth, so there needs to be adequate treatment so cows can be normal again.

In this regard, UNAIR KKN-BV group consisting of nine people, five from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and the others from the Faculty of Humanities, Economics and Business, and Faculty of Science and Technology, held a community service in the village. The work program of this group is about animal health which includes aspects of learning from Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. This activity includes the provision of minerals, worm medicine, and vitamin B for cattle, which asts for 3 weeks in Balung Village, including its hamlets: Krajan (East, West, South, Central and North), and Alas Sumur.

Muhammad Farhan Ramadhan Putra, as the Coordinator of KKN BV team said that they also went directly to the abattoir to conduct antemortem and post mortem. Antemortem, he explained, was intended for animal inspection before being slaughtered so that cattle were safe from zoonotic diseases (diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans and vice versa).

“While the post mortem examination is done after the cattle are slaughtered,” he said.

Not only that, he and his team also held activities with the Animal Health Center which included the injection of B complex vitamins and pregnancy check. Vitamin B complex injection, he said, is expected to improve livestock, especially cows, and it could be a form preventive action against existing diseases in cattle.

“The next activity of the Puskeswan program is pregnancy check, this activity serves to check the pregnancy condition of female cows. We also did not forget to distribute worm medicine for cows so that cows would not be infected with worms, “he said.

In the end, with this activity, UNAIR Community Service Program team hoped that the community in Balung Village, especially in the hamlet of Krajan and Alas Sumur, can improve the quality of cattle health. So the cows can have high price and support the economy of the villagers.

Author: Muhammad Aldy Imawan

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