Buffalo brothers Charlie and Alfie showcase species’ pet potential as search for new home begins

Buffalo in the wild have a reputation for being big, strong and dangerous.

But Riverine bulls Charlie and Alfie are so friendly they will even take you for a ride around the paddock.

The bovine brothers, based in Victoria’s north east, are up for sale, making them the first of their species to be advertised on the online trading platform AuctionsPlus.

Stock agent Katie Lewis went for a ride. (Supplied: Katie Lewis )

Stock agent with Corcoran and Parker Wodonga Katie Lewis said she was impressed by their temperaments and even took a ride during assessment.

“There’s Alfie from Mount Alfred and Charlie is just…Charlie,” Ms Lewis said.

“Danny [the vendor] mentioned that he had sat the kids on them before and so my next question was, ‘what about me?’

“It’s a strange feeling, there’s nothing to hang on to because they haven’t got a mane like a horse and they are quite short-coupled. It’s kind of like riding a bar-stool.”

Ms Lewis has previously sold cattle for Mount Alfred vendors Danny and Sarah Albert.

She said their decision to part with the buffalo was tough as they had “fallen in love with them”, however they wanted to run more cattle.

a buffalo looks at the camera
Riverine Buffalo are known for their high-fat milk. (Supplied: AuctionsMore)

“They are looking at it like they could run two more cows with two less buffalo, so that’s the only reason they being offered for sale,” Ms Lewis said.

In terms of price, the bulls have a reserve of $3,000 each on them and will go up for sale for a second time later this week.

What to do with a buffalo?

Riverine buffalo are commonly used for milking and famous for producing buffalo mozzarella cheese.

Ms Lewis said the young bulls were suitable for breeding and could be used to start a herd, however given their friendly nature, they could also be left on “pet status”.

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