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Buffalo news : official newsletter of the Australian Buffalo Industry Council



Buffalo news : official newsletter of the Australian Buffalo Industry Council


Australian Buffalo Industry Council


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Vol 2 No 4 - December 2002

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Trialing three-quarter cross Riverine as TenderBuff Most of the Riverine cross stock being put through the abattoir in the last year have been 3/4 cross animals. Most of the previous data has been with 1/2 cross animals where growth rate and carcase characteristics have been superior compared with swamp buffalo and where growth rate differences of 40% plus have been recorded. With two years of poor swamp cow reproductive performance and the absence of swamp cows prior to that, there has been very little F1 (1/2) turnoff. A group of 2001 F1 progeny will go to slaughter this year. Over 2000-01, only 36 TenderBuff (6 Riverine-X) were slaughtered, mainly due to a lack of supplies from July to December. This increased to 68 head in 2001-02 financial year with 10 head being 3/4 crosses. Most of these were turned off in the dry season, generally because their higher growth rates and heavier fat cover than swamps makes it easier to turn them off in the dry. The comparison in carcase measurements for the period of July 2001- June 2002 is shown in the table below: Swamp 3/4 River % Difference between Swamp and 3/4 River No of Head Mean HSCW (kg) Eye Muscle Area (cm2) Mean pH Mean Carcase Length (cm) Mean Grid $/kg Mean p8 Fat (mm) Mean Dressing % Mean Price $ 58 10 209.0 216.7 +8.5% 53.9 60.1 +11.5% 5.61 5.7* +1.6% 103.0 102.4 -0.6% 2.94 2.80* -4.8% 5.81 10.1 +74% 49.5 50.7 +2.4 613.21 602.77* -1.7% * These figures were adversely affected by two cull-for-temperament bulls which had very high pHs and reduced the mean grid price and mean price received markedly. The means of the remaining 8 head of pH, grid and price were 5.56 (pH) $3.06 (grid) and $656.13 (full price) respectively. The comparison figures are somewhat skewed, as these 3/4 bulls were those types culled for temperament or type, while others of the year group were sold as breeder bullsbetter temperamentso that the comparison left out animals that would have possibily produced a better outcome. The conclusion is that the advantages of cross breeding are still carried on to the 3/4 animals but the differences are not as great as with the F1 crosses. A direct comparison between F1 and 3/4 will be possible this year. The other strategy to improve TenderBuff productivity recently has been to castrate all the bulls. This has a two-fold advantage. The steers have better fat coverage and dont cause fat shortage difficulties in the dry season, like that encountered with bulls. Secondly, we get fewer female pregnancies in mixed sex groups being grown out for TenderBuff. Report by Barry Lemcke Phone 8999 2263 Buffalo from the crossbreeding research Drought hits southern buffalo farms Buffalo producers in southern Australia are in the grip of the devastating drought that is impacting on properties across the country. Several producers are facing serious feed shortages as the drought drags on. NSW buffalo producers have reported being in survival mode because of drought conditions. Buffalo Producers NSW President Doug Robertson says the drought enveloping about 99 per cent of NSW means the forced disposal of animals of all descriptions continues steadily. He also says the presentation of quality animals suitable for the TenderBuff trade is not being made any easier by the current climatic conditions. Victorian producers are also suffering. South Australian based stock transport operator Milton Stevens recently brought a truckload of Victorian buffalo to Darwin for the Brunei market. He says the Victorian owner is disposing of his herd because he has reached the end of his tether. The owner was faced with having to pay out more than $50 000 for hay to keep his herd alive through the droughtand even then he would still have a non-saleable herd at the end of the season, Milton says. Some of his stock has gone to Tasmania and about 50 calves have gone to South Australia. Another lot have been dehorned in readiness to be transported north to go to Brunei. And I am aware of at least two other Victorian buffalo producers who are preparing to dehorn and abort their herds and send them into the Brunei market. Garry Leeson of Ocean Shores Quality Meats in northern NSW has had considerable success with buffalo product since receiving his first carcase four months ago. He is now averaging one carcass per month plus some trim. Buff selling well