Buffalo milk: A great deal!

In San Carlos, the central-eastern state of Sao Paulo, is located at Bethel Farm, under the responsibility of Fabio Pinto da Costa, 37, an agronomist.

Young and very enthusiastic about the results obtained with the Murrah buffaloes, the rancher who has his family roots in beef cattle (cattle), today is an example of how the dairy business, with Murrah buffaloes, can be highly productive and mostly profitable. Fabio also has horses of Quarter Horse, to proofs of apartheid and Team Pening and dogs Australian Cattle Dog (Blue Heeler).

Farm Bethel three years ago in the race, with a squad is formed by 150 arrays, with animals of diverse origin, based on the best farms in the country, like Wanderley Bernardes (in memoriam), admittedly one of the biggest names in the creation buffaloes from Brazil and other herds that have helped all genetic quality and the establishment of Finance Dr. Bethel are. Paulo Joaquim Monteiro da Silva, dr. Francisco Silvio Malzoni (in memoriam), Wagner Camilla (Juçara / GO) and Luiz Cláudio Guimarães (Paraná), and some animals from the flock of Ms. Ligia Calé (Bodoquena, MS).

These diversifications of blood originating from the head of large Brazilian herds, have allowed the Treasury Bethel constitute one of the best squads in the country.

Beyond the Farm Bethel, Fabio da Costa is technical manager of Finance Campo Belo, Ibitinga, New York, owned by his father, who also works with Murrah buffalo in milk extraction.

The prospect of Fabio is entering 2001 with 200 arrays, 150 to constantly keep lactating females. Today, the farm has 130 arrays of two daily milkings and were divided into two lots. The average daily on pasture in Bethel Farm is 800 liters of milk per day in the growing season, and during the harvest season is expected for up to 1,400 gallons / day.

The structure of Bethel is very simple and the milk is removed by hand. The farm has a room where milk is an expansion tank for cooling. At harvest time, the milk goes to dairy products daily.

The grass is formed by rotational grazing Brachiaria and simple, without fertilization.
Farm Bethel also explores the marketing of breeding, the sons of high-producing cows, and even market, bull breeders.

The farm changed to Bethel cutting activity, rearing and fattening of cattle for milk production with buffaloes.
"We started with the buffalo slowly, as experience, but soon we could see the result and return it happens ... So, we abandoned the beef cattle and dairy farming started with the buffalo," says Fabio Costa.
With the farm located within a radius of 80 km of some dairy products they buy all the production, Fabio says he has been constantly approached by other dairy farther to purchase his milk, which tastes great demand for the product market. "I believe that today, the livestock sector that provides greater profitability is the buffalo milk ... the market is much more buyer than seller ... the demand for milk is very high," says Fabio.

Fabio Pinto da Costa sends a message to those interested in starting their activity in dairy cattle with buffalo. He says two factors are key to the successful establishment in the activity. The first is the strategic location of the property, by being away from dairy products and other consumer centers and the productivity of animals in the herd.
Among the buffalo breeds, chosen by Fabio was the Murrah. This race, beside the Mediterranean, are chosen by the vast majority of those who get good results in the activity. The proportion for a good creation is a 2.5 head per acre, however, this ratio depends on the handling gifted.

"In my opinion, the Murrah breed is the most cost effective for who will get milk ... In comparative calculation of pounds of milk produced per pound of live animal weight the Murrah is unbeatable ..." he says. He explains that the animal eats according to the weight of it. A cow eats 1,000 kg per 500 kg of two. "If a cow gives 900 or 1000 kg 10 kg of milk, or Mediterranean Jaffarabadi ... Meanwhile, a 500 kg cow Murrah gives you the same 10 kg of milk, as well, where you have a cow of 1,000 kg, it can to create 2 500 kg. That gives you double the milk and the calf twice in the same area and with the same food, "he adds.

Italy is today, after India, the largest producer of buffalo milk in the world. In that country, the cows are producing on average 10 liters of milk per day in confinement. Fabio believes that the growth occurred in the country, Brazil will soon surpassing Italy in this sector.
"Although we create the meadow, we have cases of cows here on the farm, at the peak of lactation period, they came to beat the average of 15 liters per day," said Fabio.

The number of dairy for the manufacture of buffalo mozzarella "in Brazil should grow much in coming years, the increasing demand for the product in major centers, which causes the production of buffalo milk will become increasingly an excellent business for small and medium producers.
The calculation is simple. A buffalo media produces up to about 5 liters of milk per day, over a period of lactation (305 days - the international standard) gives approximately 1525 liters. This multiplied by an average price of $ 0.70 a gallon, give each cow reaches R $ 1,067,50 for the period of lactation. We add to its production, its calf, worth on average £ 250.00 (common animal), this makes managing each female on average, more than R $ 1,300.00 per year.

The cost X benefit from the buffalo becomes even more interesting when we see arrays being sold from $ 1,000 to $ 3,000.00 depending on your source and milk productivity.