What about Bali Cattle

Bali cattle are known as native Indonesian cattle that originated from Javanese bulls from the Blambangan area in the eastern tip of East Java Province and have undergone a domestication or taming process. One of the characteristics of the Bali Island Cattle breed is its skin color. The males of this type of cattle are generally blackish gray, while the females are brick red. 


The body weight of super Balinese cattle can reach 600 kilograms (kg) in males and around 400 kg in females. This breed of cattle is widely kept and bred in Bali Province. However, this breed of cattle has also spread to various regions in Indonesia.


In Bali Province, farmers and communities are only allowed to keep and breed Balinese cattle and are not allowed to bring in other types of cattle. This is done as an effort to protect the purity of the Balinese cattle breed germplasm. Therefore, the original size and posture of Bali cattle can only be seen in Bali Province.


The breeding process in Bali Island Cattle Farm is mostly done by farmers and breeders in rural areas who mostly choose to breed cattle as a side business. Generally, they keep their cows by releasing them around the barn in the morning. By late afternoon, they will put their cows back into the barn.


However, it is not uncommon for farmers to tie their cattle to a large tree and feed them forage trimmed from the garden around the barn. Bali’s smallholder farmers have a motive to keep cows as savings. Later, when they need funds for school, house, worship, or other purposes, they will sell the cows.

Success stories of farmers who received cattle breeding assistance from Damara Bali Foundation.

“I am very grateful and thankful to receive this cattle seed assistance from Damara Bali Foundation because with this cattle business, it can support the family economy, be able to provide additional income for my family and from the results of cattle farming I can also send my two children to school and now they already have jobs in the city as shopkeepers and my children can help themselves,” said Gede Tama. 

Thanks to his determination and persistence, Gede Pertamayasa, 48, from Kedis Village, Busungbiu, Singaraja Bali, managed to maintain his cattle business with a semi-intensive pattern. From the sale of livestock, Gede Pertamayasa was able to send his children to high school. The look on the face of Gede Pertamayasa, who successfully farmed cattle, looks very happy.


Gede Pertamayasa said that he first received cattle seedling assistance from the Damara Bali Foundation in 2018 as many as 2 bulls. The assistance was given to the poor for 4 families with a total of 8 cows with a revolving capital program in Kedis Village, Singaraja Bali.

 Gede Tama is very diligent in discussing with farmers in his village about good cattle husbandry patterns and keeping his cows healthy.

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