Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Buffaloes on Bill of Fare for Dairy Palates

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Buffaloes on Bill of Fare for Dairy Palates

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Byline: Naomi Hockins

MALENY'S Thompson family knows a thing or two about dairying, but their farm is different from most.

For almost a decade, Mal and Margaret have been working hard to breed some of the best dairy buffaloes in the country.

Only one other buffalo dairy in Queensland, at Milla Milla in the far north, feeds the growing demand for Australian palates.

"Their milk makes for quality cheese, but I enjoy all the buffalo products," MrsThompson said.

They are milking 18 of the herd. "We must be doing something right as they're averaging about eight litres of milk a day."

A select few of the almost 100 water buffalo that graze on their quiet farm at Witta, just outside of Maleny, will be at this year's Farm Fantastic.

"Australia's moved on in its tastes. The cheese made from their milk is smoother, like velvet, and the mozzarella is totally different," she said. "We supply milk for making cheeses, to people such as Trevor Hart. …

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