Sheep are still attractive business commodities. Some people are involved in raising activities; others in sheep trade; and still others in sheep processing. Of course, there are people who combine the three kinds of the sheep business.
A sheep farmer from Tarogong Kaler in Garut, West Java, Bonny Irvan Faizal said the fact that many people were engaged in sheep businesses was mainly because sheep breeding does not take a big capital, especially when compared to raising cattle. Unlike cattle breeding, sheep breeding is relatively faster because in 2 years it can give birth three times and one birth can produce more than one head.
If associated with supply and demand, the current price of sheep in the market is relatively stable. The price of sheep is not like that of beef cattle which is up and down, influenced by imports. "Actually, for now the demand for sheep is on the increase and at the same time the supply is also on the great rise because there are more and more sheep farmers," said Bonny to TROBOS Livestock.
He pointed out that the transaction in one day at a livestock market, especially in Andir Bayongbong Market in Garut could reach 500-600 heads. "Once the sheep were bought, they were taken to Jabodetabek (Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, Bekasi). Not less than 20 cars were transporting sheep around 20-40 heads per car and later the sheep were slaughtered, supplying the satay stalls," said the man who started raising sheep in 2009.
Read this article completely in TROBOS Livestock magazine 186th ed/April 2015