Northern Beef Futures

Indonesian importer to headline Northern forum

Ms Dayu Ariasintawati, Director of Indonesia's Great Giant Livestock Company addresses members of the WA supply chain delegation at GGL's premises in Lampung, April 2015

Gain an insight into the operations of one of Indonesia’s biggest feedlots at the Department of Agriculture and Food’s (DAFWA) Northern Beef Futures industry forum to be held in Karratha on 10 March 2016.

DAFWA’s NBF project welcomes Ms Dayu Ariasintawati, Director of the Great Giant Livestock (GGL) Company Indonesia to Western Australia as special guest presenter.

At the forum, Dayu will share current regional market information, including the performance of imported cattle in Indonesia, along with an overview of GGL’s diversified operations.

GGL is one of Indonesia’s largest feedlots, processing 100 000 head of cattle annually. 

The feedlot was established in 1990, alongside the Great Giant Pineapple plantation in Lampung, Sumatra, utilising processed pineapple peel and tapioca waste as cattle feed and the manure as fertiliser on the group’s pineapple plantation. 

GGL has also established an innovative partnership program with local small farmers to improve their livestock skills and livelihoods.

Several pastoralists who participated in DAFWA's NBF market insights supply chain tour to Indonesia and Vietnam in April 2015, had the opportunity to visit GGL’s operations and meet Dayu at GGL 's Lampung feedlot.

Dayu said that in Western Australia she is looking forward to meeting pastoralists again and visiting some Pilbara and Kimberley properties to get a first-hand experience of station life in Western Australia.

Other forum segments include an address by the Hon Ken Baston MLC, Minister for Agriculture and Food and sessions on beef productivity and information from the 2015 LIVEX Forum held in Darwin in November 2015.

A market opportunities update will be presented, along with recent key NBF activities, including the Business Improvements Grants program and mosaic agriculture.

At the forum additional information will be available on DAFWA’s Northern Beef Futures Infrastructure Review and priority identified projects, following the completion of targeted consultations that are currently underway with key industry and government stakeholders.

This forum follows the previous DAFWA NBF seminar and field day held in Broome in November 2015, attended by 90 people who gathered to hear a range of presentations headlined by veterinarian and herd productivity expert, Dr Ian Braithwaite.


DAFWA's NBF field day at Roebuck Plains Station in November 2015

The November field day at Roebuck Plains Station attracted 40 participants who withstood the hot conditions to get hands-on experience in assessing bull soundness and breeder management systems, including the pregnancy testing of cows, under the guidance of Dr Ian Braithwaite and local Kimberley vets Peter Letchford and Dave Morrell.

At the Pilbara industry forum to be held on 10 March, DAFWA’s NBF staff will be on hand to answer any questions and assist with Business Improvement Grant applications. 

For more information or to confirm your attendance please contact Elaine Jolliffe at or telephone +61 (0)8 9194 1488.