Why Buffalo Milk?
One of the questions we are asked the most at the farm is what is the difference between buffalo milk and cow’s milk. Well, we think it’s about time we gave you the definitive answer and explained the benefits of adding buffalo milk to your diet. Buffalo are the second largest (after cows) source of milk in the world.
In Southeast Asia, an estimated 90% of people are lactose intolerant. There is an absence of dairy in the diet of most of the population. When the founders of our farm arrived in Laos, with a purpose to create a brand new industry, they saw thousands of buffalo and inquired about purchasing milk to make cheese. This inquiry was met with udder confusion because, in Laos, they do not milk their buffalo. Buffalo here traditionally have two main roles – to work on the farm or as meat for sale. Ask Lao people where milk comes from, and a buffalo doesn’t even rank in the top five answers! The number one answer is coconuts.
Some parts of Asia have harnessed this dairy resource with India and Pakistan accounting for 80% of all buffalo milk production globally. China, Egypt and Nepal have more buffalo dairies than cow dairies, while Sri Lanka has some of the most famous buffalo yoghurt in the world.
The buffalo yoghurt from Sri Lanka, or buffalo curd as the called it, is what attracted the founders to this idea in Laos. Having tasted the rich, creamy goodness while holidaying in Sri Lanka, it was never far from their thoughts on how to get more.
Buffalo milk vs cow’s milk
Buffalo milk has 50% more protein than cows milk, 40% more energy in calories, nearly 40% more calcium and has high levels of antioxidants. Buffalo milk has a higher fat content which makes it perfect for making cheese and ice cream. It is world-renowned for being delicious!