Buffalo industry to benefit from new manual


An Australia-first, technical manual for the buffalo farming industry has been published and is available for free download and purchase.

The Australian Water Buffalo Manual was authored and compiled by Department of Primary Industry and Resources (DPIR) buffalo expert Barry Lemcke, a Northern Australian livestock scientist with more than 42 years’ experience, including a career focus on buffalo management research.

The manual includes findings from research at DPIR’s Beatrice Hill Farm, Australia’s only buffalo research and development facility, as well as from Mr Lemcke’s buffalo-related travels overseas.

It includes information on breeding, genetics, handling, products, transport, farming systems, abattoir operations, calf rearing and weaning, herd pasture and feed management, infrastructure and yard facilities, and artificial insemination as well as the world situation and local history in the NT.

There is also an appendix on meat and cheese preparation.

The manual forms a great link between the department and industry sectors and will help support sustainable economic development of the buffalo industry.

The Australian Water Buffalo Manual is published by Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation (RIRDC) and is available for purchase or download on the Agrifutures website.

Information on identifying and moving buffalo in the Northern Territory is available on the nt.gov.au website.

A herd of buffalo at Beatrice Hill Research Farm
A herd of buffalo at Beatrice Hill Research Farm

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