Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

From Buffalo to Emus. That's What You Call Diversity!

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

From Buffalo to Emus. That's What You Call Diversity!

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Byline: Barbara Argument Chief Writer

Son's allergy led farm to branch out

Farmer Paul Langthorne's 350-strong herd of gentle giant buffalo are at home on the North Yorkshire range.

So are his wild boar, iron age pigs, red deer, yaks, elk and emu.

Now Paul has won a top award for boosting business on his farm with an imaginative diversification scheme.

But it was 11-year-old son Andrew's allergy to cow's milk which sparked the bright idea.

He was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at just two days old and surgeons removed part of his bowel to save his life.

Fourth generation dairy farmer Paul set out to find an alternative for Andrew who needs milk to give him extra minerals and vitamins.

The buffalo did the trick for Andrew ( and the family farm too.

Milk from the Langthorne's Holstein cows fetched 17p a litre, but the buffalo milk sells for 70p.

The venture has been such a success the Langthornes can hardly keep up with demand for the meat ( including Wild West burgers ( and mozzarella which are sold at Teesside farmers' markets. …

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