Buffalo require different handling to beef cattle because their temperament is so different.
How Buffalo are handled will affect the tenderness and quality of meat and the milk. Calm buffalo produce tender meat. Buffalo have been present in Australia since the 1820s for meat and hide.
More recently, Buffalo dairies have been set up in Queensland and Victoria as Buffalo dairy products are in high demand. The best breed of Buffalo for Australian conditions as well as being useful for both meat and dairy is the Riverine breeds. A dairy buffalo cow is capable of producing around 1200 litres a year.
One of the many benefits of this buffalo is the ability to milk well off grass as it looks likely that the prices for concentrate feeds will steadily increase.