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  1. River Buffaloes

    Mountain lion in the area

    What breed is your LGD? We only have Gaddi and bakkharwal (Kashmir sheep dog) who can't live in the plains. Marwari sheep dog is more common on the plains and are mostly kept by the the tribals. Alabai (Central Asian shepherd) were imported from Soviet Union back in the sixties and seventies...
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    An Introduction to Buffaloes

    We keep the calves at home so the lactating buffaloes lead and the rest follow and I stay behind them to keep the new buffaloes or the yearlings in line. We sometimes take them 2-3 miles away from home.
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    An Introduction to Buffaloes

    Water buffaloes love to roll in mudholes and bath in ponds, rivers and canals. Instead of using treats, you can also use water hose. This habit makes buffaloes less susceptible to ticks and lice than cattle. The mud on their body dry up as they graze in the sun and it chokes all the ticks and...
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    An Introduction to Buffaloes

    Buffaloes are animals who are never in hurry, they are calm and patient. So they won't mind if we get little distracted. By the way do any of you folks enjoy listening to these Greek Byzantine Eastern Orthodox hymns? They are deep and very comforting. Turn on the subtitles.
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    An Introduction to Buffaloes

    It is important to note that water buffaloes are completely different from African Cape Buffaloes (Syncerus Caffer) and American Bison (Bison Bison), they are not only different species, but they are from different Genus. Water Buffaloes are calm, docile and domesticated animals unlike Cape...
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    Hi from sunny South Africa

    :welcome
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    An Introduction to Buffaloes

    We have milk co-operatives, managed and run by farmers themselves. You can take your extra fresh milk to your nearest collection centre and sell it. That milk is then tested and you are paid according to the quality of the milk. That milk is Pasteurized and then packed and sold on the same day...
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    An Introduction to Buffaloes

    My family lives their. My parents, my grandmother, my great grandmother, my sister.
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    An Introduction to Buffaloes

    I am in Delhi, my village is in Bihar. It's roughly a thousand kilometres away. It takes 14 hrs for the fastest train in the route to reach the State capital. I am able to visit only on longer holidays. I was there during the lockdown.
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    Mountain lion in the area

    Sometimes in the middle of the night all the stray dogs just start barking and making a rukus, then we just know that they have seen 'something'. However I would suggest that the best option is to build a strong and secure shelter for animals to spend their nights. Great outdoors is a...
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    An Introduction to Buffaloes

    Here are two of my buffaloes who are going to calve in a few months. They are in my courtyard for some goodies. These two are not very welcoming buffaloes, so we keep them inside, when they are home. Their love is reserved only for the family. These pics are a few months old. This is our...
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    An Introduction to Buffaloes

    No, buffaloes give little milk when compared to cattle. Most landrace breeds will give 8-12 liters of milk. Good breeds most notably Murrah, Nili Ravi, Jafarabadi, Kundi may give upto 4 gallons of milk. I guess that the record is 28 liters in India and 32 liters in Pakistan. To put it bluntly...
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    An Introduction to Buffaloes

    One health issue that buffaloes are vulnerable to is uterine prolapse. Now prolapse generally occurs during the 3rd stage of parturition or immediately after it in buffaloes, but in rare cases it may be seen 24 h to 48 h after parturition. Poor myometrial contractions during the post-partum...
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    An Introduction to Buffaloes

    Yes, I told you that Water Buffaloes are the largest members of the tribe bovini, so even the smaller among them is a bit on the larger side.
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    Mountain lion in the area

    The Livestock Guardian Dogs are no use for us. They can perhaps chase away the jackals, but tigers and leopards are a different story altogether. Luckily for us tigers tend to stay in the reserve, once in a while young males tend to wander off and loose their way, then a big search is organised...
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    An Introduction to Buffaloes

    Buffaloes were again domesticated around four thousand years ago in East Asia as a dual purpose livestock with emphasis on working abilities of the animal. They developed into what we call swamp buffaloes. They are more stocky and comparatively smaller than river buffaloes. Their horns are...
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    An Introduction to Buffaloes

    Thanks a ton. The never part was clearly a typo. To my surprise I am feeling wonderful this morning. It is as if I never got sick. It is 5:55 AM
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    An Introduction to Buffaloes

    In India buffalo's contribution in milk and meat production is more than any other livestock. Here too they cost more than cows. They will sell atleast double in price of cows. You will hardly find buffaloes roaming in the streets on documentaries about India.
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    An Introduction to Buffaloes

    I am glad that you liked. There are actually quite a few people who keep buffaloes in the Americas. In Anglo America there are or were quite a few buffalo farms and companies and individuals who keep buffaloes. I know for sure that they were in British Columbia, Ontario, New Jersey, North...
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    An Introduction to Buffaloes

    You caught it quite early. The Persistent coughing is very annoying. I have some ginger brandy, it helps with the cough. Just a snifter before bed.
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