FARM


Leading the way with a sustainable natural farming system

At Broughton Water Buffalo we have been practicing a natural farming system since 2001 when we introduced our first group of Indian Water Buffalo to Hampshire life. We use no artificial fertilisers, weed killers or insecticides on our land and we don’t give our animals any routine antibiotics. Our buffalo are 100% grass-fed and enjoy a delicious diet of grass, herbs and legumes throughout the year. Natural flora and fauna thrive alongside the buffalo, allowing maximum biodiversity of the soil and landscape.

We organise Open Farm Days in the summer so keep an eye on our events to see when you can next visit the farm!

Buffalo

The great indian water buffalo has been farmed for thousands of years. Originating in the Indus valley in what is now Pakistan, the buffalo is farmed across the world, and is highly valued as a reliable and hard working draft animal, as well as a producer of rich creamy milk and excellent meat. Well known for great resistance to disease and with a very hardy nature, the buffalo is able to thrive on marginal land and young stock grow well without any need for concentrates.

Grassland

Our commitment to sustainable, natural farming methods is rewarded with a flourishing ecosystem of flora, fauna, and wildlife. Sometimes the grass gets so long our buffalo get ‘lost’!.

Soil

The buffalo herd is a vital tool in improving and building soil on the farm. The buffalo are mobbed up into a single group during grazing season and are moved onto a new paddock every day. This gives them a fresh plateful every morning and the trampling and dunging feeds the soil. 250 buffalo on two acres puts down a lot of soil food.

FLORA & FAUNA


We take active steps on the farm to preserve the habitats of our native wildlife species. We plant trees and allow the wild hedgerows to flourish.

Trees and wildflowers
Barley and vetches for silage
Buffalo grazing chicory
Tree planting
Shelter belts to slow the wind and provide shelter for the livestock...one day!
In January 2014, in partnership with the Woodland Trust, we planted 15,000 trees.
River management and reed planting to improve habitat.
Rolling chalk hillside
Wild hedgerows provide great habitats.

FARMING


The natural way

Moving the herd onto a fresh paddock.
It's a one man job, the buffalo know what to do.
The paddock will rest until the next grazing in 80-100 days.
Using the herd to manage rough grassland (before)
Using the herd to manage rough grassland (after)
'Mob grazed' grass; with the next paddock in the background.
The buffalo roam
Peaceful and content
On the move again
Grass mown for hay
Turning hay to help it dry out
Hay for winter feeding