Photograph taken by Jake Snaddon of Bali Cattle taken at the BEFTA site wins prize at Cambridge Zoology Department 150th Anniversary Photography Competition. Photographs from the competition feature in the departments 2017 calendar.
Bali cattle were domesticated from the endangered wild Banteng (Bos javanicus), which can still be found in remote forest areas across Southeast Asia. The integration of these indigenous cattle within oil-palm plantations can lead to higher productivity of both the livestock and the plants, and increases habitat heterogeneity supporting biodiversity.
Research lead by Eleanor Slade suggests that cattle grazing may help also help to increase biodiversity and maintain soil functioning, having a positive affect on soil hydrological properties and fertility. To find out more see
Slade, et al. (2014) Can cattle grazing in mature oil palm increase biodiversity and ecosystem service provision? Proceedings of the International Congress on Oil Palm and the Environment (ICOPE) and The Planter, 90 (1062), 655-665.