29 September 2000

Buffalo deals

NEW and existing buffalo herd owners met in Shropshire last weekend for one of the UKs first main herd dispersal held for G and M Lewis, Halfway House, Shrewsbury.

"We had no idea what sort of prices these animals would realise but there was a good crowd. Theres clearly a great deal of interest in their future as commercial milk producers for the specialist cheese market," said auctioneer Clive Norbury.

Top price of 2800gns was paid for a three-year-old bull whose dam had given 6300kg at 8.09% fat and 4.2% protein from a 460-day lactation. Buyers were Shropshire farmers Steve Offload and B and B Oakley.

Most of the buffalo went to south of England-based buyers with the top female heading for Leighton Buzzard with buyer A Smith at 920gns. Henry and Adam Camp, of Henley-on-Thames, took a total of 38 head (Wright-Manley). &#42