Twin buffalo calves were born at Macroom Buffalo Cheese in April of this year.
Buffalos usually have single births; the information of twin pregnancy frequencies in buffaloes is scarce in literature, according to this case study.
Twinning in buffalo cows is only about 0.01%, according to the Philippine Journal of Science.
Speaking to That’s Farming, a spokesperson for Macroom Buffalo said: “This was not our first set of twins. Unfortunately, the previous pair did not survive so this is our first surviving set of buffalo twins.”
The farm – which is home to Ireland’s first and only herd of milking water Buffalo - is owned by Johnny and his wife – Geraldine.
They produce a variety of cheeses including mozzarella; ricotta; Greek-style salad cheese and halloumi.
In October 2009, Johnny was disappointed with the price he was getting for his cow’s milk; he decided to diversify and purchased 31 buffalo from Italy.
He now has a herd of over 350 animals on his 150-acre farm in Kilnamartyra and on two other company farms nearby.
Macroom Buffalo Cheese products was established in early 2015 and Johnny began making cheeses in a new state-of-the-art production facility on the farm.
He has enlisted the help of cheese maker Sean Ferry of the renowned ‘Desmond’ and ‘Gabriel’ fresh cheese.
The cheeses are made from Buffalo milk produced on the farm and are dispatched that same day.
The products are available in most of the major supermarkets across the country and in the foodservice sector. The buffalo cheeses are on the menu in many high-quality restaurants in Ireland.
Macroom Buffalo Cheese has won many awards at the World Cheese Awards, Great Taste Awards and Blas na hEireann awards.
Image source: Macroom Buffalo Cheese