An Introduction to Buffaloes

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It's actually funny, water is one thing my farm does not lack. Unless you are at the very top of the hill, you tend to hit water when digging post holes. There is a spring down in the bottom that we dug a pond below and it filled in about 6 months, it's about 10 feet deep in the middle and a good 20-30 feet across if not bigger (I'm not good at estimating distances) it is actually out of it's banks to the point that it has crossed a fence line and is now almost as big on the neighbors side as it is on ours (his cows love being able to go wallow on hot days) and it is actually about 2 feet deep where it crosses the fence...

It's also freaky, before we moved the horses, we had 2 of them (same ones I have now) in a paddock with a 100 gallon water tub, I filled the tub every other day and it was nearly empty when I filled it. Now, I have those same 2 plus a mini with 2 100 gallon tubs and a 50 (that they just play in, they won't drink out of that one) and I fill the water tubs every 2 weeks or so. I assume because the grass has so much water in it that they don't need to drink much.
Under those circumstances I think a small herd of Buffaloes would be a great addition to your homestead.
 

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No tail???? :ep
Yeah, no tail??
Maybe she means a bald tail? :hu
Lol yeah, he still has all of the meaty bits, but the hair is mostly gone. My best guess right now is that he laid down, the other horse stood on it, and he ripped it out when he stood up. In which case it could be anywhere in the field. He's got some draft blood so the stubby little tail makes his drafty (lol, in 2 ways now I guess!) butt look bigger.
 

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Interestingly I have noted that Buffaloes don't fight with cows. If buffaloes are raised with cows they may stick with them, because they tend to bond with every animal on the farm, but they always avoid fighting with cows, if a cow challenges a buffalo for something, the Buffaloes will just move out of the way. I find it very interesting, because they are more powerful than cows and they will fight with other buffaloes.
 
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Interestingly I have noted that Buffaloes don't fight with cows. If buffaloes are raised with cows they may stick them, because they tend to bond with every animal on the farm, but they always avoid fighting with cows, if a cow challenges a buffalo for something, the Buffaloes will just move out of the way. I find very interesting, because they are more powerful than cows and they will fight with other buffaloes.
Interesting. I have a horse that is a complete wimp and has to live next door because my other horses beat him up. He chases the bull away from feed and I bet that bull weighs more than the horse does.
 

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Interesting. I have a horse that is a complete wimp and has to live next door because my other horses beat him up. He chases the bull away from feed and I bet that bull weighs more than the horse does.
Each buffalo comes with its own personality, some will quarrel with every strange buffalo, some like to make friends with new editions in the herd, some will mind their own business, but all of them are wimps when they are confronted with cattle.

If you have a herd of cattle and you decide to introduce a buffalo calf, they will follow the cows everywhere, but it will never fight with them. There are many people who keep cows and buffaloes together. Keeping them is not a problem, but you will have to see that the Buffaloes are not getting bullied by the cows.
 

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Each buffalo comes with its own personality, some will quarrel with every strange buffalo, some like to make friends with new editions in the herd, some will mind their own business, but all of them are wimps when they are confronted with cattle.

If you have a herd of cattle and you decide to introduce a buffalo calf, they will follow the cows everywhere, but it will never fight with them. There are many people who keep cows and buffaloes together. Keeping them is not a problem, but you will have to see that the Buffaloes are not getting bullied by the cows.
Any idea how they interact with horses? If they back down to horses the same way they back down to cows they probably wouldn't do well at my place. If something backs down too much it gets attacked in my herd.
 

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