February 24, 2010

WHO'S GOING TO BREAK IT TO JARED DIAMOND?:

Ontario farmers embrace water buffalo: Water buffalo are being raised here and their porcelain-white milk transformed into cheese (Jennifer Bain, 2/23/10, Toronto Star)

Water buffalo are curious, communicative animals – "big dogs" who like to keep busy.

"If we're happy, they're happy," says Smith. "If we come in in a hurry, they know it and don't like it."

"That's the key – working with the buffalo," adds Littkemann.

"It's not like milking dairy cows as at all," he adds. "These are almost like milking a horse. You know how a horse can be temperamental? Treat them calmly."

"Call them by their names. They know their names," says Smith, introducing Farrah, Teah and Evita.


Remember the Guns, Germs, and Steel argument that some peoples remained aboriginal just because a freak of Nature stuck them with undomesticable animals?

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 24, 2010 7:24 AM
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