Water buffalo were imported into the Northern Territory in the 19th century to provide working animals and meat for the remote northern settlements. Today, the northern Australian buffalo is exported world-wide and primarily used for:
- Meat Industry
- Pet Meat
Compared with cattle, buffalo are efficient converters of poorer quality pastures. Buffalo are capable of producing meat and milk adequately from grass alone without the need for a large concentrate component in the diet usually needed by dairy cows.