Living at the border of Boyolali regency and Klaten regency in Central Java, which is rich in water, does not make Agung Setiabudi leave poultry as his hobby as well as business. Feeling stuck with duck and Arab chicken business, since 2010 this mechanical engineering graduate has been trying to raise a Final Stock (FS) of KUB (Kampung Unggul Balitnak) chicken for meat.
Raisedfor about 3 months from DOC (day-old chicken), KUB FS are able to achieve 1 kg of body weight per bird. It is possible to harvest at the age of 75 days, when the chickens have already reached an average weight of 0.85 kg. "My enlargement cage has a capacity of 12 thousand birds," said Agung to TROBOS Livestock.
"At that time, the result was good and the price was high at Rp 37,500 per kg. Because I wanted to run the production of DOC FS by my self, two years ago I bought parent stock (PS),"said the farmer who was familiarly called Abu Agung in this community.
The desire arose because I needed DOCs to be raised by myself. In addition, there was a big shortage of native chicks from farmers. "Although the current selling price of KUB chickens went down, it is still profitable. Since November 2014, the harvest price has rangedfrom Rp 26-27 thousand per kg with a BEP (breakeven point) at Rp 23 thousand per kg. Perhaps it was also due to the effect of the decline of broiler prices,"said the man who lives in Doplang hamlet, Teras district, Boyolali. The condition was far below the price in the period from January to October 2014 penetrating Rp 32-33 thousand per kg.
Although he has become a breeder, Agung still runs his enlargement business since his intention to produce DOCs is actually to fill his own cages and 4 partners’. Every 3 days he said he could harvest 1,000-1,300 chickens ready for slaughter (0.85 kg in weight) from his cage and his partners’ cages. For the chick-inactivity, it is done every 5 days as many as 1,000-1,500 birds. Meanwhile, each of hispartners’ cages hasa capacity of 6,000 birds per cycle.
Read this article completely in TROBOS Livestock magazine 186th ed/April 2015