THE TURKEY CREEK COMPANY
- Water Buffalo
Breeding Information Buffalo
Heifers WB - Milking
The world buffalo population, estimated at 185.29
million, is spread in about 42 countries,
of which 179.75 million (97%) are in Asia (FAO,
Not exotic animals but farm animals
2. 180,000,000. in the world , 100
million in India.
Used for: DRAFT
Milk and milk by - products
3. 30 years in this country, approximately
In this country water buffalo are used for Meat, Milk and some Draft.
breed improvement through genetic selection, proper nutrition and management.
5. Exportations to : Philippines
and Australia, Central America.
6. American Water Buffalo
Purpose is to promote the scientific study and to
ways and means breeding, exportations to developing countries
8. 2 basic types:
African - Syncerina
Asian - Bubalus Bubalis
Bison or the American Buffalo are not in either group.
African or the Cape Buffalo are wild and to this date
have not been
Asian on the other hand is a species with three historical types:
Tamaraw - is a small type found in
Mindoro, Philippines and are almost
Anoa - is a dwarf type found in Indonesia.
Arni - the type we have - domesticated for over
9. 3 types of Arni: A: Swamp - draft type
B: River - milk type
C: Mediterranean - milk type
10. These animals are hardy, resistant to internal and external parasites.
Friendly, intelligent and can become pets very easily. Growth, they get fat on
land where cattle starve. Due to the rich milk they produce, calves will out
gain cattle at weaning age. A buffalo cow can produce 20 to 25 calves in her
11. Weight at birth averages 80 pounds. We have had many weigh 98 to 114
pounds. At 6 months, it is not uncommon for a bull calf to weigh 700 pounds
at weaning age and at one year weigh 950 pounds. At maturity a bull will
weigh about 1500 to 2200 pounds. Cows weigh from 1200 to 1600 pounds.
12. Through proper nutrition and management our cows calve every year after.
In India they start producing at approximately 5 years and only calve every 3 to
4 years. Our heifers give birth at two or three and calve every year
13. Gestation is 10 1/2 months. Water buffalo do not breed with cattle or
bison due to the different number of chromosomes - 48- 50 and cattle -60 . Lifespan of
20 to 30 years
14. 14. Meat is very tasty, very much like beef but 67% lower in cholesterol -
92% less saturated fat and 45% saturated fat.
Milk is high in butter fat.
True mozzarella cheese is made from water buffalo
milk. The River type are
milked in Italy, Asia, South America, and the Balkans. We have been milking
since August of 1994. Our milk was used to produce the only fresh made Mozzarella cheese in
the U.S.. Now, milking is progressing in Southern, CA.
Hides make a very strong, smooth leather and the horns are in demand.
Unless wounded or severely stressed, the domesticated water buffalo
is one of
the gentlest of all Animals.
18. Water Buffalo adapt to a variety
of climates from Russia, the Balkan countries, to Asia, Egypt, Americas
and the Tropics.
19. A animal of strategic
importance for much of the World.
Chinese woman once said to her children,
"You had better take good
care of our water
because if I die, you will grieve and weep but if our buffalo
dies, you will starve"....
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Contact Information: by E-mail - TJ
- Postal Address
- 419 Turkey Creek Lane
- Texarkana , Arkansas 71854 -
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