This Farming Life star offers Buffalo herd for sale through Ballymena Mart

A Scottish farmer who starred in hit TV series This Farming Life is selling his renowned suckler herd of Water Buffalo through Ballymena Livestock Market.

By Joanne Knox
Monday, 23rd May 2022, 3:34 pm
Updated Monday, 23rd May 2022, 3:42 pm

Steven Mitchell’s herd includes 36 in calf cows and three with calves at foot.

They are mixed ages, between three and 12 years, and are the “best of genetics” thanks to 17 years of selective breeding.

This focused on temperament and udder shape to breed heifers for his new milking herd.

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Steve’s dream of becoming Scotland’s first Buffalo mozzarella producer was well documented during his time on the BBC farming series.

That dream eventually came true for the Fife native, however, it has led to him making the difficult decision to sell his original herd in order to focus on the growth of his dairy herd.

Since making the transition, Steve has significantly reduced this group from its peek at 120 to the remaining animals that are now being offered for sale, so it really is the best of the best.

The animals available are PD’d in calf, due to calve June – September (three with April born calves at foot).

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A few of the many advantages of Buffalo is their longevity and that they are very self-sufficient when it comes to calving.
The herd will be offered for sale preferably as one batch, but the opportunity is there to split the group.
Steve is very happy to answer questions on his experience of keeping these animals.
In general, they are kept in a very similar system to normal cattle.
If you would be interested in finding out more information on the sale of these animals, you can contact the team at Ballymena Livestock Market on Tel. 028 25 633470.