DM Team Assists Breeder to Make Silage Feed in Jember

The Team of Partnerships Doctoral Service (DMK) Universitas Brawijaya is again collaborating with Thematic Real Work Lecture and Meru Betiri National Park (TNMB) in carrying out the Community Service program (PkM) in villages in the TNMB area. Sanenrejo Village is one of the buffer villages in the TNMB area. Like other buffer villages, Sanenrejo Village has several community groups that were formed as an effort to empower businesses for shared prosperity. Two of them are the Betiri Sejahtera Lestari (BSL) livestock group led by Paeman and Arema Sejahtera led by Mr. Kusnadi.

Currently, there are several obstacles that prevent livestock activities from running efficiently such as limited forage as animal feed ingredients. This causes a low percentage of livestock productivity. In addition, the business of processing organic fertilizers from livestock manure had stopped for several months and the results of tests for the carbon content of nitrogen (C/N) of fertilizers did not meet the SNI. Knowing these obstacles, Universitas Brawijaya Team carried out a series of technical guidance activities at Mr. Paeman’s residence. The activity was attended by Meru Betiri National Park, members of BSL group, and members of Arema Sejahtera group as an effort to empower the community.

Silage animal feed dissemination activities through technical guidance as well as direct practice are efforts to overcome the limitations of animal feed ingredients experienced by the two groups. Silage is a method of preserving forage through the principle of anaerobic fermentation with the help of lactic acid bacteria (LAB). Silage contains organic acids that can balance probiotic bacteria in livestock. The use of silage as a feed ingredient can maintain feed quality while increasing its shelf life so that it lasts longer.

In making silage animal feed, Universitas Brawijaya Team facilitated each group a multipurpose chopper machine. The multi-purpose chopper is used to chop the forages to be fermented into smaller pieces so they are easy to store and the required fermentation time is not too long.

In addition, standard organic fertilizer dissemination was also carried out through technical guidance activities and direct processing practices. Processing of organic fertilizers is done by two methods, namely by using EM4 and MSG. Both of these methods are expected to be an alternative formulation of organic fertilizer business which is still done naturally.

All of these activities are expected to provide benefits to the community from an economic, environmental and institutional perspective.

“Hopefully the collaboration, assistance, and activities carried out will bring benefit to you and all parties involved,” said Rini as the Chief Executive in her remarks.

In collaboration with Meru Betiri National Park, Rini Yulianingsih, S.T.P, MT, Ph.D from the Faculty of Agricultural Technology assisted by Universitas Brawijaya Team, including Dr. Fitria Dina Riana, STP, MP from the Faculty of Agriculture, Dr. Eng. Elya Mufidah, S.Pi, MP from the Faculty of Animal Husbandry, Dr. Premy Puspitawati Rahayu, S.Pt, MP from the Faculty of Animal Husbandry, and Mrs. Dewi Noor Fatikhah Rokhimakhumullah, SE, MSA, Ak from the Faculty of Administrative Sciences, as well as six UB students from the Faculty of Agricultural Technology and the Faculty of Animal Husbandry.

Besides providing machine assistance as a form of proven technology dissemination and carrying out a series of technical guidance materials, Universitas Brawijaya Team also distributes guidance modules that are in line with the material and will routinely check the progress of implementing activities as a form of assistance during the adjustment period, both technologically, economically, and availability resource.

This effort was enthusiastically welcomed by the community and very grateful to Meru Betiri National Park and Universiatas Brawijaya Team because they have tried to collaborate to provide real solutions to the problems in managing livestock and fertilizers that have been experienced in recent years.

Bahruddin, as the Supervising Forestry Police and Head of Management of Sanenrejo Resort, Meru Betiri National Park, gave high appreciation to Universitas Brawijaya Team in providing assistance and implementing guidance activities for community sustainability in Sanenrejo Village. He hopes this collaboration can continue. (*/OKY/UB PR/ Trans. Iir)