Bovis ISSN 2398-2993

European buffalo

Contributor(s): CABI, Sophie Mahendran,

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Introduction

Biological Data

Normal

Weight

  • Approximately 300 to 600kg, but bulls can reach up to 1000kg.

Height

  • 1.2 to 1.3m.

Colors and distuingishing features

  • Animals either have a black, black and brown or dark grey coat.
  • Horns are flat at the base. They are pointed backwards and slightly outwards, and straightened backwards. The top of the horn is pointed inwards, in a lyre shape.
  • They have a compact conformation with a deep, wide chest and well developed pectorals. The back is short. The rump is short and sometimes eave-shaped.
  • The udder is medium with squarely placed quarters and halves. The teats are cylindrical. Where machine milking is common (only in Italy) udders are more regular and better shaped.
  • Size, weight and productivity vary a lot with the environment and management conditions.

Breed History and Information

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