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Two Main Erroneous Made by Farmer in East Kalimantan

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Cattle is still an interesting commodity for farmers. Many farmers choose this cattle as a saving. But many of them do not know how to get a big benefit from this business. There are two main mistakes made by farmers, especially in East Kalimantan, that make no optimum benefit got. The first erroneous is farmer does not know their optimal capability for cattle agribusiness. Many farmers raise abundant of cattle but their capability is only a half. These capability consist of human resource and natural resource. This is often occurred in East Kalimantan. The consequence is farmer raise cattle traditionally. Cattle is grazed in unimproved grazing area. Next consequence is raised cattle will grow badly so the body condition is thin, vulnerable to disease and can not reproduce well. The second mistake is selling their cattle when they have many cattles. In this case the cattle is not always in prime condition. Maybe when they have many cattles, they are not in a good condition. Things often happened is the cattle became thin because of disease or climate.

How to overcome the problem is by reforming those mistakes. The one is farmers should know their capability to raise livestock constantly if they can not add human and natural resources. The other is by buying a thin cattle to be fattened and then sold it if it has already reached a target of body weight. The success farmer experience in Penajam Paser Utara Regency sold his cattle soon, if his cattle has reached the standard body weight. Fattening will get benefit if it is done for 2-3 months. Fattening effort done more than that period will make financial loss, because weight gain is not equal with the raising cost of cattle. The timing for selling cattle does not wait for big days, such as hajj pilgrimage, that need abundant of cattle.

 

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