This report provides a useful overview of the cattle and goat sectors in Indonesia, as well as the key government policies affecting them. One interesting remark in the report is that local farmers have more readily adapted to goat farming compared to cattle farming, largely due to the relatively lower cost of entry and the simpler management of goat farms. This is a supporting factor for increased investment in the sector. Furthermore, given that most goat farmers have learned the trade from family members, it is fairly easy to achieve natural growth in goat farming with minimal direct assistance from government. Based on government projections for growth in the beef and goat sectors, the report highlights that by 2014 the Indonesian market will have a demand for 3.6 million head of beef cattle and 4.6 million head of goats. If the government's programmes to increase the beef and goat populations are successful, this will still result in a shortfall of around 420,000 head of cattle and 1.2 million head of goats. This indicates that opportunities to expand production to meet demand are still high.

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