In March 2009 KSLA arranged a two days seminar discussing possibilities to introduce water buffaloes in Sweden as dairy, meat and grazing animals. The agenda covered presentations of: buffalo biology and behavior, social organization; termo regulation; grazing/browsing (incl. wetlands); temperament traits; health/parasites; milking (incl. milk products and regulatory issues). The seminar was very well attended and stimulated a process in Sweden to realize the vision of establishing water buffalo farms in Sweden. Already in 2010 the Ritter family imported water buffaloes as grazing animals. And in early 2012 the Elvingsson family imported dairy buffaloes from Germany.
Over the following years additional buffalo farms have been established in Sweden. Thus, over the six years a lot has happened as regards establishing a new farm animal in Sweden.
This follow up seminar on September 2 aims to summarize the process and results so far, and the future prospects of keeping water buffaloes in the Swedish countryside.
Wednesday 2 September 10.00 –16:15 (coffee & registration from 9.30) at Kungl. Skogs- och Lantbruksakademien, Drottninggatan 95 B, Stockholm.