Tiga Presiden Kecil

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Qurban (Korban) : The Muslim festival of Sacrifice.

The Indonesian festival of Qurban was celebrated on 12th of September this year.  This celebration is not only a very important religious festival but also has an enormous impact on the domestic supply of cattle, sheep and goats. Official figures from the Government of Indonesia record that during the previous annual Qurban, slaughter numbers for…

Nyoman and the Indonesian economic miracle.

In 1989, 18-year-old Nyoman Budiasa left high school in rural Lampung (South Sumatera) and began his working life as a yard boy at the local general store for Rp. 1,500 for a 17 hour day.  In those pre-financial crash days that amount was worth about AUD 70 cents per day. Today, Nyoman is an exceptionally…

Ucok

Last year I wrote a story about a skinny boy called Bambang, who was (and still is) an exceptional Animal Welfare Officer (AWO) in South Sumatera, Indonesia.  Ucok is an AWO in North Sumatera and while he is every bit as effective as Bambang, the two could hardly be more different. 32 year old Ucok…

Burma’s Border Blues and Australian cattle prices.

  Myanmar has been featuring in the news headlines lately with numerous reports of boat refugee crises, serious cross-border rebel skirmishes and peace making efforts between the central government and some of the 135 different ethnic nationalities.  The majority Burman ethnic group makes up about two thirds of the population and controls both the government…

It’s a small world.

This sleepy river crossing on the Thailand-Myanmar border near the northwestern Thai town of Mae Sot is the only significant site where live cattle and buffalo from Myanmar are imported into Thailand.  120,000 head of cattle and buffalo walked across this shallow crossing into Thailand during 2014.  The simple fact is, the cattle movements across…