Buffalo to fit the bill for UK farmers?
BRITISH livestock producers are increasingly considering the buffalo as a viable alternative to the traditional cow.
A five-year-old Romanian example and her four-month-old calf were under offer at the Royal Show in Warwickshire yesterday (Monday) for £1200.
A company called Landowning Initiatives believes that water buffaloes from Italy and Romania could be viable alternatives for dairy farmers suffering from low prices.
Buffalo milk can be sold at up to 65ppl, but conventional cows milk frequently sells for less than 20ppl.
Buffalo meat and milk are lower in cholesterol, and the animals were untouched by the BSE crisis.
There are already 40 farmers in the West Country, Wales and Oxfordshire rearing 2000 buffaloes and the national herd is expected to reach 5000 in five years.
- Yorkshire farmer tries out buffalo, FWi, 18 June, 1998
- The Times 06/07/99 page 4
- The Daily Telegraph 06/07/99 page 13