West Australia’s south-west is successfully-known for its beef and dairy cattle, however there would possibly be now hope that buffalo could become a precious recent farm animals offering in the gap.
- A WA farmer hopes riverine buffalo could become a brand recent offering in the pinnacle price meat market
- Greater than 40 of the European buffalo breed dangle been brought into WA from the Top Stop
- It took a number of days in a specially designed truck to transfer the buffalo bigger than 4,400km to southern WA
Graeme Carthy has imported bigger than 40 riverine buffalo from the Northern Territory to his property at Quindanning, 170 kilometres south-east of Perth.
The buffalo made the arrive 4,410km trail from Beatrice Hill Study Effect arrive Darwin in February.
The herd is believed to be one of many largest in Southern WA.
“They went from Darwin to Kununurra on the first day the do they had been inspected and held overnight, and then went to Broome, and then they had been reloaded and driven straight to Quindanning.”
The riverine breed is well-known for its excessive milk output as in contrast with dairy cattle and for its beef-like meat qualities.
The buffalo had been share of a breeding program began by the NT authorities in 1994 using genetics from the United States and Italy.
Following the Angus success
Mr Carthy hopes to dispute the winning marketing and marketing campaigns behind the Angus and Wagyu cattle breeds to feature European buffalo because the “next big thing” in the pinnacle price meat market.
“It’s not that I’m ever going to be a competitor for them [Angus and Wagyu] however I would prefer to emulate the promoting and marketing that they’ve broken-down so buffalo is a boutique meat,” he acknowledged.
“Whilst you understand in the supermarket as of late there would possibly be Angus. It’s all Angus, Angus, Angus, you procure not explore a Shorthorn Hereford.
“I would delight in to enact that on a smaller scale so we dangle now a excessive-discontinue [Buffalo] product in the market.”
Milk, meat and chocolate
Mr Carthy says he needs to do products for the excessive-discontinue restaurant commerce.
“It could be broken-down to produce exiguous items, sausages, minces and completely different exotic products to appeal to a top price for the meat barely than making an try to good compete with what’s on the market as of late,” he acknowledged.
Mr Carthy acknowledged he became once additionally brooding a pair of range of alternate strategies to maximise return on funding along with buffalo dairy products besides to the exotic meat commerce.
He acknowledged the south-west became once the best space to milk buffalo because it became once already the heart of WA’s existing dairy commerce.
“I understand it makes the best ice cream and, because of the butter full command in these items, they additionally produce extremely right kind chocolate.
“Buffalo chocolate is a product that shouldn’t be readily available here in WA and or not it’s an space we dangle now to understand at and explore if we’re going to produce it an economic performer.”
Mr Carthy plans to grow the herd extra with one more 80 head as a outcome of arrive in September.