18 June 1998
Yorkshire farmer tries out buffalo

DAIRY farmer Paul Langthorne has bought two buffalo to add to his 200-strong herd of cattle – because his two-year-old son Andrew, a cystic fibrosis sufferer, is allergic to cows milk.

Now Langthorne, who farms with his father, Bert, on 141.64ha (350 acres), at Brompton, near Northallerton, North Yorkshire, hopes to build up a herd of the beasts.

A mature female buffalo produces about 2,000 litres of milk a year. Langthorne said local farmers are amused, but he said the buffalo were friendly and herded well with cows. He said the milk was rich and creamy and made good yoghurt. It also froze well and kept for a long time.

  • The Daily Telegraph 18/06/98 page 15
  • The Times 18/06/98 page 15