20 Animal Husbandry Students of 14 Universities in Indonesia Have Been Completed Training at PT. Widodo Makmur Perkasa.
(By: Enggallovely Awliya Fadillah)
NIAPP is a special program for animal husbandry students in order to be able to learn cattle in Australia and practice it deeply. The 2012 Program commenced aftere memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed between the Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association (NTCA), Padjadjaran university and the Brawijaya university 28th annual meting and northern beef forum. And now, it is followed by 14 universities.
They are; padjadjaran university, Brawijaya university, Sriwijaya university, Mataram University, Diponegoro University, Bogor Agriculture Institute, Sam Ratulangi University, Andalas University, De Lasale University of Manado, Gadjah Mada University, Nusa Cendana University, Hasanuddin University, Mulawarman University, Lampung University.
March 20, 2016 all participants of NIAPP (NTCA Indonesia-Australia Pastoral Program) 2016 arrived in Jatinangor, Sumedang at mess of Cattle Buffalo Club Faculty Of Animal Husbandry Padjadjaran University. 20 participants from 15 universities came to join a training at PT. Widodo Makmur Perkasa which it is the largest scale feedlot in Cianjur which raises cattle type “brahman cross” as in Australia.
First day of training (March 21, 2016), all participants were given stuff about Animal Handling, Animal Welfare, Feedlot management, and ESCAS (Eksport Supply Chain Assurance System) by Mr.Andrian Luthfiadi as one of alumni of NIAPP. In Australia to successfully understand about cattle handling, it is important to understand cattle behavior, what the cattle sees, what the cattle thinks and why the cattle reacts in a specific manner. Of course individual animals have personalities, quirks and traits, but herd animal behavior shares some basic causes and underlying motivations. And then, about flight zone (the circle of safety around an animal) and the pressure area (outside the flight zone but close enough to cause some pressure). A key point is to be honest with cattle, always let them see where we are, a cattle cannot see behind him so do not stress him by standing behind. The best place is by his side. After all activities of training on the first day completed, at night they had teleconference with Mr. Roby Agustiar as a person in charge in this program.
Second day, the participants divided into two groups, the group one went first to the pen to practice handling the cattle and at the same time, group two learnt about “work on cattle station” with Taufik as one of alumni of NIAPP 2015. Afterwards the group one learnt about “work on cattle station” and on the contrary, group two practiced handling the cattle. Activity at WMP on that day had been completed, and in the evening all participants did evaluation and given stuff about work in cattle station by Izar Hadiansyah as one of alumni of NIAPP .
Third day, all participants were divided into five groups. Each group went toward the pen that had been determined to get knowledge and practice about the way to handle the cattle. After resting and having midday prayer, all participants went around all stables in the PT. WMP accompanied by one of the breeding official of PT WMP, Vivi. At that time all participants were given a further explanation about breeding and can know more about PT. WMP. Same as the previous day, in the evening, all participants did evaluation and given stuff about fencing and water bore in cattle station. Thursday march 24, 2016 all the training process were officially completed, and all participants went back to mess of cbc and returned to their respective regions.