Australian Water Buffalo – Genetic and reproduction improvements

  • 86 pages

  • Published: 24 Nov 2008

  • Author(s): Lemcke, Barry

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This report is the culmination of five years work carried out in three states of Australia for the Australian buffalo industry. It discusses research completed to bring the Buffalo Industry into line with other mainstream industries such as cattle.

This research demonstrates that it is important for the buffalo industry to use the latest technologies available in order to bring about rapid genetic progress in an animal that has had mostly only feral slaughter or capture value in Australia since its introduction in the 1820s into the Northern Territory.

Rapid expansion over all states of Australia has occurred over less than 20 years which has been hampered by the latest long running drought. A critical mass for long term industry survival has still to be achieved.
The report is targeted at producers and potential producers of water buffalo in Australia for both the meat and dairy industries. It shows that the required background equipment has now been put in place that will allow the industry to become a lot more competitive.