Fapet IPB University Webinar Discusses the Potential of Local Livestock in the Pandemic Period

The Department of Animal Husbandry Production and Technology (IPTP) of the Faculty of Animal Husbandry (Fapet) of IPB University once again held a webinar with the theme of Local Livestock For the Sake of People's Food in the New Normal Period Post-Pandemic COVID-19, (23/06). In his remarks, Dean of the Faculty of Animal Husbandry of IPB University, Prof. Dr. Sumiati said that local livestock had taken root in the community environment so it should be relied upon as a source of animal protein during the pandemic and the new normal era.

Meanwhile, Prof. Dr. Cece Sumantri, a lecturer at IPB University who is the Head of the Animal Breeding and Genetics Division, Faculty of Animal Husbandry touched on strategies to improve local animal genetics to increase local livestock production and the quality of functional food products. Local livestock are considered the most likely to be functional food because they can be designed according to their genetic potential, ranging from meat production to milk.

"The genetic resources of native and local livestock have a lot of genetic wealth so they can be of high economic value and quality. Local livestock meat production is still low because the community still relies on broiler chicken meat, "he said.

According to him, sustainable businesses are needed in groups from upstream to downstream to increase ruminant production and quality. Genetically, Indonesia has the potential for the formation of a new nation by crossing existing local cattle in a directed manner. And overall, these improvements emphasize more on population multiplication and improve meat quality because it has the highest economic value. One of them is by utilizing the stearoyl coa desaturase (SCD) gene to improve the quality of meat characteristics.

"In the future, it is hoped that there will be other types of livestock production, for example rabbits, which are easy to maintain and have high production. In addition there is a program to increase milk quality production, one of which is by increasing the population of dairy cattle. In Indonesia alone, dairy cattle are still low so other types of dairy cattle are needed such as hisar cows or buffalo murrah, "he added.

Improving the quality of milk can also be done by seed classification based on milk production using the type of Friesian Holstein dairy cow (FH) utilizing the k-casein gene to increase protein levels based on research in Singosari and Lembang.

In addition, Prof. Cece explained that IPB University had developed local chickens of type D1 to D3 that were resistant to disease and compared to broilers, the quality was better and certainly healthier. He also mentioned that other types of poultry such as entok have the potential as a source of cheap protein and economic value in the future.


Published Date : 23-Jun-2020

Resource Person : Prof Dr Cece Sumantri

Keyword : Fakultas Peternakan, ternak lokal, dosen IPB, alumni IPB