As the culmination of the 54th Anniversary activities, Faculty of Animal Science UGM held an Open Senate Meeting on Friday, November 10, 2023 to coincide with the anniversary of the Faculty which was established in 1969. As the culmination of a series of anniversary activities, the Open Senate Meeting is an agenda where the Dean will present the performance that has been carried out over the past year and the achievements that have been achieved as a form of accountability in terms of information disclosure.
Animal production in recent decades has been increasing dramatically, to satisfy the demand of an ever-growing human population and economy. However, this rapid growth has also led to a rise in the environmental impact associated with animal production. Indeed, animal farming produces a large amount of waste, contributes to deforestation and the loss of habitats, and generates to various problems including stress and diseases. This is problematic as it leads to a greater demand for land and other resources, further exacerbating the issue of food security. Moreover, animal farms can be relatively inefficient at utilizing available resources due to their reliance on conventional agricultural practices, such as the use of extensive arable land and large numbers of poor-quality pastures and forages for feeding their animal. In addition, the demand of halal food is increasing sharply due to the spread of Moslem population. These issues are interesting to be intensively discussed by various experts in related fields dealing with sustainable animal productivity and environmental footprint toward global halal and food security.
As part of a series of UGM Inauguration (PPSMB) activities, the Faculty of Animal Science UGM hold Pioneer Inauguration of Rancher 2023 which lasts for 2 days on 2-3 August 2023. Successful Learner Training for Freshmen or better known as PPSMB is an activity Official campus orientation and introduction for new students at UGM. With the theme “Young Rancher Synergy with Critical and Adaptive Character, Towards Dynamic Global Development” as many as 309 new students of the Faculty of Animal Science class of 2023 participated in a series of activities for two days with great enthusiasm.
The Indonesia Australia Red Meat and Cattle Partnership is again holding a “Small Scale Commercial Cattle Farming Business Management Training” in collaboration with the Faculty of Animal Science Universitas Gadjah Mada and the Faculty of Animal Science, Hasanuddin University. This training was held in Makassar on 24 – 29 July 2023. The target participants in this training were farmers in Kalimantan and Sulawesi with a minimum number of private ownerships of 10 head of cattle and who were commercially oriented.
Graduate Students of Faculty of Animal Science UGM took part in The 4th International Joint Graduate Seminar in Malaysia on July 17, 2023. The International Joint Graduate Seminar or IJGS is an annual program held by the Graduate program of Faculty of Animal Science UGM). IJGS has been running for four years and in 2023 it is collaborating with Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) for the second time. The 4th IJGS 2023 was attended by UGM and UPM participants with a total of 43 participants.
The 4th IJGS 2023 was opened with remarks by Prof. Lho Teck Chwen as Dean Faculty of Agriculture UPM. In his remarks, he conveyed the potential for this IJGS activity. “Seminar is a good activity in exchanging information about innovative research topics. In addition, the future potential can attract sponsorship to support the smooth running of further activities. Also, university collaboration fosters a good academic environment,” said Prof. Chwen.