|All vocational students focused on listening to the speakers. (Photo: Special)|
The Animal Husbandry Department of the University of Muhammadiyah Malang (FPP-UMM) held an Animal Feed Technology Thematic Training Based Bio farm for Vocational High Schools (SMK) in Malang and Batu. The training that taught Silage greening techniques was held at the Livestock Laboratory (12/21).
Inviting Ali Mahmud, S.Pt, M.Pt as the presenter and President Director of CV. Dwi Tunggal Mandiri, which introduced Silage as one of the quality cattle feed with greening fermentation techniques. The advantages of this technique could produce cattle feed with a moisture content of more than 70%.
"In Indonesia, processed cattle feed is still dependent on foreign imports because of the limitations of the technology used. By using silage techniques, materials for feed can be easily searched, such as Dwarf Elephant Grass (Pennisetum Purpureum), Buffalo grass(Panicum Mulicum) and corn plants (Zea Mays), "Ali explained.
There were three groups or components of ingredients, namely forage feed ingredients which were the main ingredients, concentrate feed ingredients and feed additives. "Besides grass as a forage material, there is residual waste from straw, tapioca pulp as concentrate feed ingredients, also need mineral nutrients from a mixture of urea and minerals as feed additives," Ali added.
With the uncertain climate problems in Indonesia, farmers were frightened, especially in the case of feed that used green feed. The silage fermentation method was the right choice because fermentation results could be stored for a long time without worrying that the nutrition of animal feed would decrease.
The activities which were participated by SMK Muhamadiyah 1 Batu, SMK 1 Pujon and Wiyata Bakti School of Agriculture would later be continued with practice to the Integrated Laboratory of UMM. They were taught about making silage animal feed by trying directly on farm animals, such as dairy cows, chickens, sheep, and others. (win)