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#17945 - 03/30/04 05:18 PM Water Buffalo in Belize
Lan Sluder/Belize First Offline
Interesting story on the front page of the Wall Street Journal today (March 30) about a fellow from Louisiana, A.P. Leonards, who is trying to raise water buffaloes. The water buffalo is common in Asia and elsewhere as a draft animal.

The story is datelined Orange Walk Town. Leonards has a herd of 6,250 water buffalo, of which a good number are in Belize (the story doesn't say how many exactly). He imported 325 to Belize about 15 years ago. Leonards has had various problems in Belize, according to the WSJ, including having to pay for quarantine for his original herd for two years, and at one point some of his buffaloes got loose and ate some sugar cane belonging to Belize Sugar Industries Ltd., which cost him US$50,000. Leonards is advertising to sell all his water buffaloes.

Leonards says he thinks it will take another 50 years to make the water buffalo popular in the Americas. He says he is setting up an upscale drug and alcohol rehab center near Orange Walk Town, hoping to attract athletes who are trying to dry out. He'll feed'em water buffalo meat, or "carabeef," he says.

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#17946 - 03/30/04 07:40 PM Re: Water Buffalo in Belize
Chloe Offline
Thanks Lan, for posting this, sure caught my eye.

Amazing how things develope, out of need..."much like mother of invention".
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#17947 - 03/30/04 08:09 PM Re: Water Buffalo in Belize
Beachy Offline
The "Water-Ford" clinic?
Just an idea for a good name.
"Buffalo-Betty?"
Clearly I have had too much coffee this morning.
At least I'm cracking myself up...
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#17948 - 03/30/04 11:49 PM Re: Water Buffalo in Belize
Barbara K Offline
upscale drug rehab in Orange walk??? The local crack dealers will love that!!! a captive clientele...
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#17949 - 03/31/04 01:52 AM Re: Water Buffalo in Belize
Chloe Offline
Wrangling water buffalo for entertainment and exercise.
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#17950 - 03/31/04 05:37 AM Re: Water Buffalo in Belize
NYgal Offline
There is a large herd of Buffalo in our area approximately 7 miles away. They are raised specifically for the meat.
They are called 'Beeffalo' and from what I am told, the meat is very good.

I don't know from first hand to mouth experience.
But I would try it if offered smile

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#17951 - 03/31/04 05:46 AM Re: Water Buffalo in Belize
klcman Offline
Buffalo near Buffalo - imagine that! how novel laugh
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#17952 - 03/31/04 06:08 AM Re: Water Buffalo in Belize
NYgal Offline
snickle snickle....you're golden laugh

( Don't let that go to your head. )

Sell it instead, it's too heavy to be in your head smile

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#17953 - 03/31/04 06:33 AM Re: Water Buffalo in Belize
klcman Offline
working on chapter 13....
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#17954 - 03/31/04 04:42 PM Re: Water Buffalo in Belize
Katie Valk Offline
They were imported from Jamaica years ago and got stuck in Belize en route to the US due to quarantine and here ever since. Owned by the people who operate the hotel on the New River and Northern Hywy with the large stone walls-name escapes me now cause it's all so weird, religious with madonna statues. More strange than religious. They originally were selling water bufalo hunting-yes, shoot a water bufalo for sport. As much sport as shooting a broke down truck. Then they were trying to do health, now it's drug rehab. Think these people made their $ in prison management in the US, but story is sketchy.
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