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Directors

The board of directors of the American Water Buffalo Association is made up of people with specific interest and expertise who make best drill press for metal that affect the future of water buffalo production. The following short profiles of our board members highlight their contributions to the American Water Buffalo Association.

The association is seeking additional board members. Members do not need to own or be involved in water buffalo production to serve.

Robin Anderson
Chiefland, Fla.
352 493-4700

Robin Anderson’s 10 water buffalo have no trouble competing with several dozen cats, a few dogs, miniature donkeys and horses, and several full-size horses.
They stand out because of their intelligent nature and their ability to interact with one another and with humans.
“What I enjoy is their interaction with humans,” said Anderson, a retired veterinarian. “It’s so much fun to try to communicate with them. If you love animals, this is a very special animal.”
In 1989, Anderson was on crutches and took up an offer to see some water buffalo because there was little else she could do because of her injury.

When she saw how Wy Cripe, a fellow veterinarian, handled them, she knew that water buffaloes were animals that would fascinate her. She bought three of them from AWBA President Hugh Popenoe and began to raise a herd.
Anderson has a farm near Chiefland, Fla., where she keeps her water buffalo and other animals. She is interested in training water buffalo for the draft and for riding. She also sells some animals for breeding stock.

W.R. Fewox
Frostproof, FL
863 635-4033

W.R. Fewox has 200 head of water buffalo among the many exotic animals on his FX Bar Ranch Inc. near Frostproof, Fla.
“Of all the exotics that we’ve got, they’re better than any of them,” said Fewox.
The meat yield is superior, he said, and the animals also are utilized as the game on a hunting preserve. Fewox mainly sells breeding water buffalo to people trying to start their herd. Fewox also has worked with buffalo for riding purposes.
Also on his ranch are 600 head of beef cattle, over 1,000 head of domestic deer and 123 acres of citrus.
He brings a wealth of experience as a commercial cattleman to the board of directors.

Faith Fortune 
Laurel Hill, FL

Faith Fortune of Laurel Hill, Fla., became a member after her husband, Johnny Fortune, a longtime board member, passed away. The Fortunes became interested in cattle in 1980 with the purchase of a small herd of Texas Longhorns. In 1985, while attending a longhorn auction at Berry College in Rome, Georgia, they got their first look at water buffaloes. Having never seen them before, Faith described them as a cross between a hippopotamus and a hog. Thus began a long and positive experience with water buffaloes.

Lou Gast

Lou Gast is a former AWBA board member and former senior executive of the Food Safety Inspection Service and now serves as director and CEO of the HACCP Consulting Group, which provides technical and managerial assistance for the development, implementation, and maintenance of HACCP programs and systems.

Renato Confalonieri

Renato Confalonieri is a former chef who has developed a water buffalo cheese production company in California, where he markets water buffalo milk products to large populations of Asian and other ethnic groups. His mozzarella and ricotta cheeses have won gold medals.

Loren Psaltis

Loren Psaltis is a South African with a background in the cosmetics and fashion industry. She is interested in starting the first water buffalo herd in South Africa to produce milk and milk products.

Matthias Overholt

Matthias Overholt is a member of the Amish Mennonite community near Sarasota Fla. Overholt believes that small farms and small-scale farmers can succeed in the United States. He purchased 13 young buffaloes from AWBA President Hugh Popenoe to begin a milk production operation and hopes to expand the herd.

Susan Loraine

Susan Loraine’s New Horizons Farm in Pittsboro, N.C., produces pork, beef, chicken, and eggs that are free of hormones, antibiotics and animal by-products. Her latest venture – water buffaloes – will fit nicely into this production mode. The lean meat is attractive to health-conscious people, and with imported semen from Italy now available, she plans to move quickly into the water buffalo dairy business.

Hugh Popenoe
Williston, FL
352 392-2643
E-mail: [email protected]

Hugh Popenoe, president of the American Water Buffalo Association since it was founded in 1986, has 400 water buffalo on Popenoe Ranch, near Gainesville, Fla. As Director of the University of Florida’s Center for Tropical Agriculture, Popenoe has studied agricultural production throughout the world. Of all the animals he has observed, water buffalo intrigue him the most. He has devoted much energy to seeking markets and developing marketing approaches to water buffalo meat.

He has shipped breeding stock throughout the United States and to Central America and the Caribbean.He has attended several meetings of the Water Buffalo Congress as the American Water Buffalo Association’s representative.

He bought four animals in 1975 to use experimentally in the control of aquatic weeds. From this small beginning, his herd has grown to one of the largest in the United States, and his interest has become a passion.

Popenoe sells water buffalo meat. He also has sold water buffalo to people interested in starting herds.
He also raises Charolais cattle which gives him an opportunity to compare their performance to water buffalo.
He was chairman of the National Research Council that produced the book “The Water Buffalo: New Prospects for an Underutilized Animal” in 1981. In 1985, he received the Science Pioneer Prize from the Egyptian Veterinary Association for Buffalo Development.…

Biblography

This limited basic reading list about water buffalo will be updated.

Buffalo Cookbook. CWA of the Northern Territory. Darwin, Austalia. 1986.

Buffaloes in Pakistan. Syed Karan Shah. Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, Islambad. 1991.

Buffalo Production and Artificial Insemination. FAO. Rome, Italy. 1979.

Carabao Production in the Philippines. Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development.

Cattle and Buffalo Meat Production in the Tropics. D.H. Hill. Longman Scientific and Technical. Essex, England. 1988.

La Explotacion del Buffalo de Agua. Carlos F. Solorzano M. FIDA and Fundacion Ciara, Caracas, 1996.

Horn of Plenty: The Development of Water Buffaloes in America. Patricia Sorrells, Ph.D. University of South Florida. 1993.

The Husbandry and Health of Domestic Buffalo, Ross Cockrill, editor. Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations. Rome, 1977.

Husbandry of Swamp Buffaloes in the Philippines. S.K. Ranhan, P.S. Faulon Momongar and L.C. Cruz. The Phillipines Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development. Los Banos, Laguna, Philipines. 1987.

Potential for Commercial Dairying with Water Buffalo. R.E. McDowell, et al. North Carolina State University, 1995.

Producao de Bufalos. Marco Arcangelo Antonio Zava Campinos. Sao Paulo, Brazil. 1987.

The Water Buffalo. Aleko Alexiev. 1998.

The Water Buffalo Cookbook. Harold Rawls, illustrated by Robin Anderson. 2000.

The Water Buffalo: New Prospects for an underutilized animal. National Academy Press. Washington, D.C. 1981.

World Animal Science, C6 Buffalo Production. M.M. Tulloh and J.H. G. Holmes, editors. Elsevier, New York. 1992.…

Herd Registry

To register a water bufffalo, click on the highlighted registration at the bottom of the page and provide the information requested below in the email text window. Be sure to mail $25 for each registration request or $15 for each ownership transfer of a registered animal to the American Water Buffalo Association, Box 13533, Gainesville, FL 32604

Indicate registration type.

Registration ($25) Owner Transfer ($15)
Information about the animal.

1. Animal’s name
2. Animal’s private herd number. (The private herd number refers to the number
that you have assigned to this animal in your own herd.)
3. Animal’s place of birth. (country and state or province)
If you do not know, indicate where the animal was acquired.
4. When was the animal born? (month, day, year)
5. How was the animal’s dam impregnated? Naturally? Artifical insemination? Embryo transplant
6. What is the sex of the animal?
7. Describe the animal’s tatoo and location if applicable.
8. Describe the animal’s Holding Brand and location. Send a sketch by mail with your check.
9. What type of animal is it? Swamp? River?
10. What color is the animal?
Black? Dark brown? Light brown? Cream? Dark gray?
11. Does the animal have any distinctive markings?
Information about the sire and dam of the animal
12. What is the name of the animal’s sire, if you know?
13. What is the private herd number (the number you use on your herd) for the animal’s sire?
14. What is the name of the animal’s dam?
15. What is the private herd number (the number you use on your herd) for the animal’s dam?
16. The sire’s owner is an individual? a corporation or business? Other?
17. What is the name of the sire’s owner (last name first)
18. Please provide the full STREET ADDRESS for the SIRE’S OWNER (if not you).

If possible, please provide the TELEPHONE NUMBER for the sire’s owner as well.
Include all country and city codes if the sire’s owner resides outside the United States.…

Newsletter

Fall 2002

Issue: Star Hill Farm prepares to Produce Water Buffalo Milk
Buffalo Briefs: Annual Meeting, Buffalo Hide Used in Boats in India, Bison Meat in Surplus
Philippines Considered for Next Buffalo Congress
Readers Ask Questions and Provide Answers about Water Buffalo: Argentina, Water Buffalo Meat and Meat Consumption in the United States; Toronto, Origin of “carabao”; Germany, Numbers Worldwide; Ohio, Water Buffalo Milking; Texas, Hoof Care.
Veterinarian Responds to Slaughter of Canadian Buffalo
In the News: Laotians Love their Buffaloes
Cooking with Water Buffalo: Liver Stroganoff
AWBA member Paul Nicoletti honored

Summer 2002

Issue: Water Buffalo Milk, A Growing U.S. Market
Buffalo Briefs: Water Buffalo Milk production and export data; TB tests may be inaccurate for water buffaloes
Readers Ask Questions and Provide Answers about Water Buffalo: Tampa, mozzarella cheese production, milk production in the U.K.
Slaughter of Canadian water buffaloes underway
In the News: Business Magazine Looks at Water Buffalo Milk Production
Cooking with Water Buffalo: Water Buffalo Corning
New Technology Helps in Animal Identification

Spring 2002

Issue: Canadian Water Buffalo Owners Win Court Battle
Buffalo Briefs: Annual Meeting May 7; Readers Respond (via new website); New Web Address
Readers Ask Questions and Provide Answers about Water Buffalo: From England (Stunning), Argentina (labelling), Egypt (Breeding and Nutrition)
Foot-and-Mouth Disease no Danger to American Water Buffalo
Water Buffalo Congress Rescheduled
In the News: Magazine Chronicles Water Buffalo Introduction to the U.S.
Cooking with Water Buffalo: Baby Buffalo Beef in Tuna Sauce
Pushing Bison (North American Bison Cooperative gives away bison meat)

Fall 2001

Issue: Water Buffalo Health; Fescue Toxicosis
Buffalo Briefs: Demand Increases for Water Buffalo Products, Water Buffalo Used to Control Vegetation
Buffalo Milk Has Health Benefits
Readers Ask Questions and Provide Answers about Water Buffalo: From Colombia, From Paris, Water Buffalo Horns
Book on Walking Sticks Shows Handles from Buffalo Horns
In the News: Newspaper Features Water Buffalo Meat
Cooking with Water Buffalo: Soup from Leftover Hamburderes and Noodles
Buffalo Boost Economy

Summer 2001

Event: Water Buffalo Congress 2001, Maracaibo, Venezuela
Buffalo Briefs: Weight Gain in Australia, Annual Meeting
Readers Ask Questions and Provide Answers about Water Buffalo: From Cuba, Food and Mouth, Embryo Transplant, Marketing.
Foot-and-Mouth Disease Hits Water Buffalo in Great Britain
In the News: Water Buffalo Photo Captures Honors
Cooking with Water Buffalo: Little Buffalo Flavored Marsala Sauce

Spring 2001

Issue: Canadian Water Buffalo Owners Win Court Battle
Buffalo Briefs: Annual Meeting May 7; Readers Respond (via new website); New Web Address
Readers Ask Questions and Provide Answers about Water Buffalo: From England (Stunning), Argentina (labelling), Egypt (Breeding and Nutrition)
Foot-and-Mouth Disease no Danger to American Water Buffalo
Water Buffalo Congress Rescheduled
In the News: Magazine Chronicles Water Buffalo Introduction to the U.S.
Cooking with Water Buffalo: Baby Buffalo Beef in Tuna Sauce
Pushing Bison (North American Bison Cooperative gives away bison meat)

Winter 2001

Issue: The Anthrax Threat to Water Buffalo
Buffalo Briefs: AWBA Annual Meeting, International Course, Kosher Meat Ruling
Art Sale Supports Quarantined Buffalo
Johnny Fortune is Remembered
Water Buffalo Swims across The Columbia River in Oregon
Legend Explains Tigers’ Stipes and Water Buffalo’s Role
Newspaper Features Water Buffalo Meat
Cooking with Water Buffalo: Water Buffalo Fondue
Water Buffalo Hospice Founded in Thailand

Fall 2000

Water Buffalo Move North: Michigan family gets into water buffalo business.
Buffalo Briefs: The Water Buffalo, by Aleko Alexiev is available for $30. Send check to Hugh Popenoe at the association address.
Study shows that lean red meat has health benefits by reducing “bad cholesterol.”
Water buffalo enthusiast finds buffalo in Hawaii.
Canadian couple struggles to save their quarantined water buffalo entangled in government import regulation.
Anthropologist studies water buffalo in Sulawesi.
Water buffalo congress rescheduled to May 28-30 in Maracaibo, Venezuela.
Water buffalo racing in Thailand gets international press.
Water buffalo and centipede grass exist in symbiotic relationship.
Recipe: water buffalo steak Diane.

April 2000

Technology: Cloning Buffaloes in Thailand
Buffalo Briefs: Annual Meeting May 8. Italian Dairyman. Water Buffalo as Weed Control
Cooking with Water Buffalo: Saurbraten
Bluetogue Test Now Available for Water Buffalo
Readers Write to AWBA: Samples of Water Buffalo Meat Provided; Hunting Preserve Characterizes Buffalo as Killers

January 2000

Issue: What’s in a Name, Naming Water Buffaloes
Naming the Water Buffalo Farm
Buffalo Briefs: Australia Shifts Imports; Injured Heifer Recovers
Milking Tips
U.S. Group Visits Bolivian Milk and Cheese Plant
Advice for Potential Water Buffalo Owners
Guatemalan Ranch Finds Diverse Uses for Water Buffaloes
Cooking with Water Buffalo: leftover Sirloin Steak

September 1999

Profile: Harold Rawls, Promoting Water Buffaloes
Buffalo Briefs: Water Buffalo Wallets; Buffaloes Exported to Japan; For Water Buffalo Web Surfers
Water Buffalo Health: Recent Journal Reports, by Dr. Paul Nicoletti
Florida Veterinary Association Honors Dr. Paul Nicoletti
Water Buffalo: Best Gift Ever (Heifer Project International)
Water Buffalo Milk Production in Italy Can Be Standard for Production in U.S.
Reader Wants to Share Information About Water Buffaloes for Draft
Water Buffaloes Replacing Cows in India
Guatemalan Ranch Finds Diverse Uses for Water Buffaloes
New Zealand to Produce Buffalo Milk and Cheese
Cooking with Buffalo: Recipes from Germany

July 1999

Topic: Subsidies, The Big Bison Bailout (USDA buys surplus bison bugers)
Buffalo Products Abound (on the World Wide Web)
Buffalo Briefs: From the Annual Meeting; Board of Directors (remains the same); Water Buffalo Congress, Contributions Welcomed (for newsletter)
UK Farmers Diversify with Water Buffalo
Kosher Popularity Opens Market for Water Buffalo
W. Ross Cockrill is Remembered
Racing May be Key to Preserving Water Buffalo in Thailand
In the News: Bolivian Newspaper Recognizes Water Buffalo
“Buffalypso” — Product of Half a Century
Cooking with Buffalo: Top of the Stove Water Buffalo Round Steak

April 1999

Topic: Embryo Transfer in Water Buffalo
Buffalo Briefs: Annual Meeting. Website Reminder.
“Littlebit” Gets Back on her Feet
Microchip IDs are Gaining Popularity
Marketing Milk Products in Bolivia

 

October 1998

Issue: Better Meat

Ag Briefs: World Wide Web Water Buffalo. Water Buffalo Welcome visitors in Virginia City, Nevada
Water Buffalo and Health: Red Meat Benefits. Contamination Theory regarding beef contamination
Water Buffalo in a Word: Using plural forms for animals is confusing
Process Meat has Special Law — federal regulations
Water Buffalo Wallow on the World Wide Web
Florida Water Buffaloes Get Florida Recognition
Water Buffalo in History: Caribbean Islands Learned the Value of Water Buffalo
Cooking with Buffalo: Water Buffalo Picadillo
“The Furrow” magazine says water buffalo are a good investment.
Water buffalo milk is good substitute for cow’s milk for people with milk allergy.
Recipe: Water buffalo meatloaf.
Survey of farmers in India shows qualities preferred for draft animals.

February 1998

Topic: World Buffalo Congress
Buffalo Briefs: New President of World Buffalo Congress. Annual Meeting. Tenderbuff
Highlights from the Congress
California Begins Process to Allow Importation of Water Buffaloes
Water Buffalo and Tourism Highlight Visit to Italy
Animal Health Regulations and diseases
Cuban Animal Scientist Favors Water Buffalo
Perspectives from the Exotic-Meat Market
Water Buffalo in the News: Heifer Project International Features Buffalo
Cooking with Buffalo: Lay-about-Recipes
Lean Meat: Water Buffalo Meat has Benefits
Recipe: Water buffalo meatloaf.
Survey of farmers in India shows qualities preferred for draft animals.

September 1997

Feature: Buffalo Collectables
Buffalo Briefs: Water Buffalo Parts. Congress in Progress. Articles Wanted. Horn of Plenty.
Horn of Plenty Gets Compliment; dissertation of AMBA member gets praise from water buffalo expert
Water Buffalo in England are Good Milk Producers
Komodo Dragons Prey on Water Buffalo
Water Buffalo Semen Collection is Refined
Water Buffalo in the News: Water Buffalo Races are a Spectacle in India
World Ark Features Draft Animals Including Water Buffalo
Water Buffalo in History: A Wild Animal with a Fighting Spirit
Buffalo Roles in Claret
Water Buffalo in Research Literature

June-July 1997

Profiles: New Board Members. Helen Dixon. Dan McCormic. Pat Sorrells.
Buffalo Briefs: Field Day. Congress. Registry
The Grammar Behind Water Buffalo
From the Annual Meeting: Ultrasound Works with Water Buffalo
Brucellosis Vaccinations Unnecessary
AWBA Director Paul Nicoletti Featured in Audubon Article on Bison Slaughter
From a Reader: Spoiled Water Buffalo Can be Fun to Raise
Buffalo Congress Sets Agenda
Water Buffalo in the News: Water Buffalo Dairy Farm in England Thrives
Australia’s Program in Crossbred Buffalo Shows Results
Cooking with Buffalo: Water Buffalo Fondue

May 1997

Profiles: The AWBA Board of Directors. Robin Anderson, W.R. Fewox Jr., Johnny Fortune, Tom Olson, Hugh Popenoe, John Vaughn
Buffalo Briefs: Annual Meeting.
Give an Orphan Calf a Health Start
Water Buffalo Health: Journals Cover Health Issues, by Dr. Paul Nicoletti
Water Buffalo in the News: Italian Mozzarella production in Foni excels
Cooking with Buffalo: “Don’t Sell Any Soup Bones” stew
Buffalo Horns
USDA Meat Packer

February-March 1997

Profile: Wy Cripe
AWBA Annual Meeting is Set for May
Letter to the Editor: We Need to Create Markets for Water Buffalo Products, by Chris Braet
Water Buffalo Meat Has Health Benefits
Water Buffalo in History: Helping Date Early Human Remains in Java
Water Buffalo in the News: Tampa Newspaper Features North Florida Buffaloes
Gifts of Water Buffalo Help Families in Nepal
Cooking with Buffalo: Sauerbraten
Doctor Talks About Beef Benefits But Ignores Water Buffalo

October-November 1996

Profile: Lou Gast
Buffalo Briefs: Importation. Interstate Restrictions
Water Buffalo Health: Journals Cover the Issues, by Paul Nicoletti
Importation of Frozen Embryos Allowed
Drost Sees Impact of Research After 13 Years
Cuba Promotes Use of Water Buffalo
Water Buffalo Field Day May be an Annual Event
Water Buffalo in the News: Australia Reports Success in Crossbreeding
Preliminary Program: World Buffalo Congress
Cooking with Buffalo: Calling all Cooks, Corning

Membership Form

We invite you to register for the American Water Buffalo Association on line but be sure to mail your check to the American Water Buffalo Association, P.O. 13533, Gainesville, FL 32604, or your registration will not be effective. The cost is $50 for corporate, $25 for individual and $15 for student membership.

Send us an email by clicking on Register at the bottom of this form. Include the following information in the email message:

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