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Water Buffalo in Africa
For the water buffalo, Africa is the unknown continent. Apart from Egypt, where the "gamoosa" is a major livestock resource, there have been few recorded experiences with the animal in Africa. While this may be attributed to disease, chances are it is because of historical oversight.
Small herds of buffaloes were recently introduced to Uganda, Tanzania, and Nigeria, but because there were so few animals no firm conclusions can be drawn. Initial observations, however, suggest that the water buffalo could have an important future role in Africa, south of the Sahara. There seems little reason to believe that they won't thrive there as they have done elsewhere in the tropics.
The following statements were provided by researchers involved in the enterprises.
"Uganda imported a herd of 12 buffalo cows and one bull in 1969. Grazed on poor-quality unimproved pasture they received neither supplementary feeding nor any preferential treatment over the East African zebus kept with them. The herd stayed 7 years at Entebbe before being moved to another part of the country. They proved to be very efficient converters of the low protein, high-fber fodder. During this time the herd grew to 40 adult cows and 2 bulls (all other steers were slaughtered). The cows calved every year. The calves matured at 2 to 21/2 years; the zebu calves took at least 3 years to mature. Buffalo calves were much heavier than the zebus of comparable age.
"The buffalo cows averaged 7 liters of milk per milking. In taste it was preferred to zebu milk. Also, the quality of the meat after slaughter was much better than that of the zebus.
"A major advantage the buffaloes had over the cattle was that they were remarkably unaffected by diseases endemic to the area. Apart from a few calves that died of diseases that also killed cattle on the farm at Entebbe, the buffaloes resisted tick-borne diseases, the biggest killers of cattle in Uganda, and were unaffected by the virulent strains of East Coast Fever (Theileriosis), Uganda's most serious endemic animal disease."(Information supplied by G. L. Corry, Director, Veterinary Research Services, Entebbe Uganda)
Early in 1976, 194 buffaloes aged 6-9 months were imported from the environs of Darwin in Australia's Northern Territory. The animals settled down quite well, and by the end of 1978 the stock population had risen to about 320, the adults weighing about 400 kg with about 80 percent fertility. The animals were in excellent health when an outbreak of streptothricosis occurred early in 1979. Because of the intractable nature of this rare disease of cattle, sheep, and pigs, the apparent spread of the disease in the confined area of the ranch, and the persistence of the organism, the animals were slaughtered(nformation supplied by Dr. J. E. Erhiaganoma, Chief Veterinary Officer, Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Benin City, Bendel State of Nigeria)..
Tanzania introduced 21 buffalo heifers and 2 buffalo bulls from Egypt in 1968 and 1970. By 1977 the herd had grown to 150 animals. They were kept at the Livestock Production Research Institute at Mpwapwa, a site representative of central Tanzania(Mpwapwa is located at an elevation of 1,000 m. It receives an annual rainfall of 700 mm during a single season between late November and early May. Mean minimum temperatures of 13°C occur in June, and mean maximum temperatures of 26°C occur in November).
Over a period of 10 years the buffalo were studied and compared with crossbreeds of local Mpwapwa cows and Friesian steers. On average, the buffaloes conceived and calved 4 months earlier than the cattle, their mean calving intervals were about a month shorter, their birth and weaning weights were 1.5 times higher, and their daily weight gain was about double that of the crossbred cattle. The milk yield from the buffaloes was only about two thirds that of the crossbred cattle, but their rnilk's high butterfat content meant that the overall butterfat production was higher in buffaloes.
Figures reported are shown below:
In a second study (Shoo, R A. 1980. A study of the performance of Egyptian water buffaloes. Student project, Animal Production Department, Faculty of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine, University of Dar-Es-Salaam, Morogoro, Tanzania.), 30 buffaloes and 34 Mpwapwa cattle (not the crossbreeds) were compared(Mpwapwa cattle are a Tanzanian breed with 55 percent Asian, 35 percent African, and 10 percent European blood). The calving intervals were 396 + 126 days for buffaloes and 437 + 109 days for cattle. The buffaloes first conceived at mean ages of 23-25 months (matings occurred in both wet and dry seasons), the cattle at 27-36 months. The buffaloes calved at 35 months, the cattle at 46 months.
On farms at Ruvu and Mabuki the calving rate was 63 percent, and the mortality rate 1.2-6.9 percent(Rakha, A. 1980. water buffalo Production, Tanzania. Report of the technical Cooperation Program TCP/URT/9002, Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations, Rome, Italy). The buffalo's overall milk yields averaged 1,237 kg in 225 days, or 5.5 kg per day.
The results of the introduction of buffalo to Tanzania are considered "quite encouraging and the future of buffaloes in Tanzania will be bright." (Oloufa, M. M. 1981. The future of water buffaloes in Tanzania Paper presented at the Tanzania Society of Animal Production Eighth Scientific Conference, Arusha, Tanzania May 26-29, 1981.) Future plans call for increasing the herd to about 200 animals with a view toward establishing another buffalo herd. In addition, 5 buffalo sires have been selected in Egypt for shipment to Tanzania.
A directory of names in buffalo studies and research is available from the International Buffalo Information Center, Kasetsart University Library, Bangkhen, Bangkok 10900, Thailand.
Animal Industry Branch, Department of Primary Production, P.O. Box 5160, Darwin, Northern Territory 5790 (D.R. Thomson, B. Ford)
Berrimah Agricultural Research Station, Darwin, Northern Territory
Coastal Plains Research Station, near Darwin, Northern Territory
D. G. Tulloch, P.O. Box 38841, Winnellie 5789, Northern Territory
University of Queensland, Department of Animal Husbandry, St. Lucia, Queensland (D.D. Charles)
Associacao de Criadores de Bufalos do Brasil, Cx Postal 832, Sao Paulo (President, Dr. Paulo Joaquim Monteiro da Silva)
Centro de Pesquisa Agropecuaria do Tropico Umido (Agricultural Reseach Center of the Humid Tropics), Caixa Postal, 48, Belem, Para, 66000
Faculdade de Medicina Veterinaria e Zootecnia (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Zootechnology), Universidade Estadual "Julio de Mesquita Filho," Campus de Botucatu, Estado de Sao Paulo
Instituto de Zootecnia (Institute of Zootechnology), Nova Odessa, Sao Paulo (Prof. Alberto Alves Santiago)
Dr. Geraldo Mosse, Rua Apinages 716-CEP, 05017, Sao Paulo, S.P.
Dr. Walmore Muller Lacort, Ministerio de agriculture Explanada des Ministerios, Bloco 8-50 Andar Sala 518, 70.000 Brasilia, D.F.
Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Sofia (P. Ivanov, Z. Zahariev)
Buffalo Basis, Livestock Breeding Research Institute, Shumen (Dr. D. St. Polikhronov, Director; Dr. A. Alexis)
Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Medicine, Nanking Agricultural College, Nanking (Professor Sieh Chen-Hsia)
Kwangsi Agriculture College, Nanning, Kwangsi (Professor Wang Pei Chien
Livestock Farm, Lu Hsu, Pinyang County, Kwasngsi Chang Autonomous Region
Research Institute for Animal Science, Nanning, Kwangsi (Dr. Chou Chi-Sheng)
Singchow Dairy Farm, Kwangtung Province
Jose Luis Pacheco, Director, Dept Formento, 8502 JAPDEVA, Puerto Limon
Ain Shams University, Kasr-EI-Zaafran, Abbasiyah, Cairo (M.A. El-Ashry, A.M. El-Serafy)
Department of Animal Production, College of Agriculture, Cairo University, Cairo (Dr. M.T. Ragab)
University of Alexandria, 22 Al-Gueish Avenue, Shatby, Alexandria (K. El-Shazly)
Federal Republic of Germany
Dr. R. Dunkel, Herzeleidstrasse 39, 5330 Konigswinter 41, Bonn
Prof. Dr. H. Fischer, Insitut fur Tropische Veterinarmedizin, Wilhelmstr. 15, 6300 Giessen
Gesellschaft fur Agrarentwicklung (GAE), Meckenheimer Allee 113, 5300 Bonn 1
J. Kovacs, Department of Animal Husbandry, Agricultural University, Deak F. -u16, 8361Keszthely
Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University, Hyderabad, A.P. (Director of Research)
Animal Husbandry Commissioner, Government of India, Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, Krishi Bhavan, New Delhi
Animal Sciences, Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Krishi Bhavan, New Delhi
Central Buffalo Breeding Farm, Sambalpua, PO: Sunbeda, Distt. Kerapur, Orissa
Central Frozen Semen Bank, Hessarghatta, Bangalore, Kamataka
Central Murrah Breeding Farm, Almadi, Tamil Nadu
Central Surti Buffalo Farm, Dhamrod, Gujarat
Chief Superintendent, Govenment Livestock Farm, Hissar, Haryana
College of Veterinary and Animal Science, Chandra Sekhar Azad University of Agriculture and Technology, Mathura Campus, Mathura, U.P.
Co-ordinator, All India Buffalo Improvement Project, Natioal Dairy Research Institute, Karnal, Haryana, (Dr. V. N. Tripathi)
Director, Military Dairy Farm, Army Headquarters, Quatermaster, General Branch, DHQ PO New Delhi 11
G.B. Pant, University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, U.P.
Government Livestock Farm, Anjora Distt: Durg, Madhya Pradesh
Gujarat Agricultural University, Reproductive Biology Research Unit, PO Anand Agricultural Institute, Anand, Gujarat
Haryana Agricultural University , Hissar, Haryana
Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar, Barcilly, V.P. (Dr. S.K. Ranjan)
Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya, Jabalpur, 482004, M.P.
Kaira District Cooperative Milk Producers Union Ltd., Anand, Gujarat (Dr. V. Kurien, Chairman)
National Dairy Development Board, Anand, Gujarat
National Dairy Research Institute (ICAR), Karnal 132002, Haryana (S.P. Arora, Dr. D. Sundaresan, Director)
Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, Punjab (Dr. J.S. Ichhponani, Dr. S.K. Misra)
University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwar Campus, Dharwar, Karnataka
University of Udaipur, Udaipur, Rajasthan
Balai Inseminasi Buatan Lembang, Jawa Barat (Dr. R.D. Simangunsong)
Directorate of Animal Husbandry, Department of Agriculture, Jl Salemba Raya 16, Jakarta (Dr. Jaman Zailani)
Pusat Penelitian den Pengambangan Ternak (Centre for Animal Research and Development), Bogor
Animal Rearing Station, Abu Ghraib, Baghdad
Animal Production and Health Division, FAO,00100 Rome
Associazione Provinciale Allevatori, via Redentare, Caserta (Professore de Franciscis,Presidente)
Instituto de Ricerche soll'Adattamento Bovini e dei Bufali, Ponticelli, Napoli (Director: Pro£ Lino Ferrara)
Instituto Sperimentale per la Zootecnica, via Onofrio Panvino, Rome (Prof. A. Pilla)
Instituto Sperimentale per la Zootecnice di Roma, via Salaria 31, 00016, Monterotondo Scalo (Dr. Augusto Romita)
Ugo Jemma, Torre Lupara, 81050 Pastorano, near Caserta
H. Shimuzu, The University of Tsukuba, Sakura-mura niihar gun ibaraki-ken 300-311
Central Animal Husbandry Station, Kluang
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, University Pertanian, Serdang, Selangor
Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute, Serdang, Selangor
Artificial Insemination Project, Tfipureshwar, Kathmandu (Dr. A.C. Gupta)
Livestock Division, Khumaltar, Lalitpur, Kathmandu (Dr. N.D. Joshi)
College of Animal Husbandry, Lahore (Dr. Mohammad Shafi Chaudhry)
Department of Animal Reproduction, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (Dr. Rashid Ahmad Chaudhary)
Livestock Production Research Institute, Bahadurnagar District, Sahiwat, Punjab (Dr. S.K. Shah, Director)
Punjab Veterinary Research Institute, Lahore 13
Hugo Giraoud, Apartado 60-2745, El Dorado
Papua New Guinea
Department of Primary Industry, ERAP, P.O. Box. 348, Lae (John H. Schottler)
Sepik Plains Livestock Station, Ufimo via Wewak, E.S.P.
Animal Science Department, Central Luzon State University, Muiloz, Nueva Ecija
College of Veterinary Medicine, University of the Philippines Systems, Diliman, Quezon City Dairy Development Division, Bureau of Animal Industry, Sta. Mesa, Metro Manila (Dr. Conrado A. Valdez)
Dairy Training and Research Institute, University of the Philippines at Los Banos, College, Laguna 3720
Department of Animal Science, University of the Philippines at Los Banos, College, Laguna 3720 (Dr. V. C. Momongon)
Documentation Center on Water Buffalo, University of the Philippines at Los Banos Library, College, Laguna 3720
Philippine Council for Agriculture and Resources Research, Livestock Research Division, Los Banos, Laguna 3732 (Dr. Alfonso N. Eusebio)
W. Ross CockriII, 591 Vale do Lobo, Almansil, Algrave 8100
Department of Animal Production and Health, Peradeniya (Dr. K. Balachandran)
School of Veterinary Science, University of Sri Lanka, Peradenlya Dr. B.M.A.O. Perrera)
Food and Fertilizer Technology Center, P.O. Box 22-149, Taipei City
Animal Production Department, Faculty of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine, University of Dar es Salaam, Morogoro (M.L. Kyomo)
DAFCO Farm, Ruvu
Director, Livestock Development Division, Ministry of Agriculture, Dar es Salaam
P.M.J. Katyega, Director, Livestock Production Research Institute, Private Bag, Mpwapwa M.M. Oloufa, FAO, Morogoro
Kasetsart University, Department of Animal Science, Bangkok (Dr. Charan Chantalakhana) Faculty of Veterinary Science, Chulalongkorn University, Henri Dunant Street, Bangkok 5 (Dr. Maneewan Kamonpatana)
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproduction, Faculty of Veterinary Science, Chulalongkorn University, Henri Dunant Road, Bangkok 10500
FAO Regional Office, Maliwan Mansion, Phra Atit Road, Bangkok 2 (Dr. B. K. Soni)
Office of Livestock Development Project, Tha Phra, Khon Kaen
National Buffalo Research and Training Center, Surin
Steve Bennett, 61 Mucurapo Road, Port-of-Spain
G. L. Corry, Director, Veterinary Research Services, P.O. Box 24, Entebbe
S. Mugerwa, Faculty of Agriculture, MaKerere University, P.O. Box 7062, Kampala
T. B. Begg, Resident Veterinary Surgeon, Howletts and Port Lympne Estates, Ltd., Port Lympne, Lympne, Kent CT21 4PD
P. N. Wilson, BOCM Silcock Ltd., Basing View, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 2EQ
Wyland Cripe, Asst. Dean for Public Services, College of Veterinary Medicine, Box J-125, JHMHC, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32610
J. Harrington, IRI Research Institute, Inc. One Rockefeller Plaza, New York, New York 10020 James Hentges, Department of Animal Science, Room 2104 McCarty Hall, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32611
Jack Howarth, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, California 95616
Nels M. Konnerup, 609 East Iverson Road, Camano Island, Washington 98292
A. P. Leonards, P.O. Box 1094, Lake Charles, Louisiana 70602
John K. Loosli, Department of Animal Science, Room 2103 McCarty Hall, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32611
Robert E. McDowell, Department of Animal Science, Frank B. Morrison Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853
Hugh Popenoe, International Programs in Agriculture, 3028 McCarty Hall, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32611
William R. Pritchard, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, California 95616
Abelardo Ferrer D., Quinta Nueva Exparta, Avenida Jose Felix Rivas, San Bernardino, Caracas
Advisory Committee on Technology Innovation
HUGH POPENOE, Director, International Programs in Agriculture, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, Chairman
WILLIAM BRADLEY, Consultant, New Hope, Pennsylvania
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ELMER L. GADEN, JR., Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
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MARY E. CARTER, Associate Administrator, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C.
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PRISCILLA C. REINING, Director, Project on Desertification, International Division, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, D.C. (member through 1980)
RALPH W. RICHARDSON, JR., Department of Horticulture, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania (member through 1979)
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