Leading the way with a sustainable natural farming system
Manor Farm at Broughton is a 500 acre grassland farm on the rolling chalkland of west Hampshire. We run a herd of 250 water buffalo. We use no artificial fertilisers, weed killers or insecticides. Natural flora and fauna thrive alongside the buffalo, allowing maximum biodiversity of the soil and landscape.
Our natural farming system produces high quality grass-fed water buffalo meat which is sold at our farm shop, at local markets and in pubs and restaurants. We also offer a Broughton Buffalo catering service for events and festivals.
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.
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’!.
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.