Banteng and Bali Cattle in Indonesia: Status and Forecasts

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Author’s address (for correspondence): Dr. Bambang Purwantara, Department of Veterinary Clinic, Reproduction and Pathology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Bogor Agricultural University (IPB), Jl. Agatis Kampus IPB Darmaga, Bogor, Indonesia. E-mail: b.purwantara@biotrop.org

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Bali cattle still represents 27% of the total cattle population in Indonesia, and it is considered the pillar breed for small farmers. Moreover, it is a breed of evolutionary importance regarding its direct ancestry from Banteng. However, there is a need for the establishment of a rational system for the evaluation of breeding soundness for indigenous Bali bulls to be used as sires for artificial insemination breeding programmes. Moreover, there is a need for cryobanking of well-identified genetic resources pertaining their use in evolutionary research and application as essential germplasm in breeding programmes.

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