Cooperative transforms the buffalo in their main activity

The buffalo breeding is gaining economic expression among Brazilian farmers. For this competition several factors: the buffalo are strong, rough and gentle, despite his wild, enabling them as draft animals, have high milk production, very rich in proteins, and their flesh has excellent appearance and high quality nutritious, with 55% fewer calories, 40% less cholesterol, less than 10% fat and, conversely, ten times more minerals and eleven times more protein.

All these reasons led the cooperative José Augusto P. da Costa, owner of the farm Campo Belo, Ibitinga, SP, to choose and buffalo, especially in the last two years, to invest heavily in the activity, today the main on his property, which has about a thousand head, occupying 500 hectares . Additionally, it maintains a breeding program. For this, cows and bulls go through constant review and there is a strict control of quality and quantity of milk produced on the farm, according to the standards of the Brazilian Association of the Creators. Likewise, there is a systematic control of all aspects of health relevant. The cooperative activity in the account that started doing some testing of technical and economic feasibility. How had large areas of floodplain on the property, acquired a small plot of females, to evaluate its performance. The results were very good. Then, the cooperative decided to invest in the business forming a larger squad, aiming to produce animals for feedlot finishing, taking advantage of it to his previous experience confined cattle. Contributed decisively to their option for the Buffaloes existence of a large consumer market to be explored, revealing good opportunities for the marketing of milk and meat at a better price we got with the cattle. Moreover, it could produce more milk and their calves for fattening without the need for major changes in infrastructure or in the sanitary, nutritional and reproductive. All this adding José Augusto encouraged to devote themselves mainly to this new activity. The cooperative creates three races: Murrah, Mediterranean and Jaffarabadi. The first is smaller, but early and be more productive. What is the second largest, the two species cooperate offspring, Gir and Palitana, and this last female produces up to one thousand pounds. In addition to these races, Brazil is still in the Carabao, now virtually confined to Marajo Island, considered a species close to extinction. Today, the production of buffalo milk arrives at Fazenda Campo Belo to 850 liters per day in peak season, falling to 550 liters a day in the offseason, said the co-op: "In our squad, with animals raised on pasture and one daily milking, there cows that produce 2 liters per day, while others reach 12 liters. If animals are subjected to a regime of two milkings in confinement system, ie with a supplemental feeding at the trough, this production may increase up to 80%. A cow gives 12 liters can make 22. "