The Development of Keeping Patterns for Conserving Buffaloes in Thailand

By Juthamars Rattamana, Kosit Phaengsoi and Terdchai Panthachai.

Published by The International Journal of Sustainability in Economic, Social and Cultural Context

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This is a qualitative investigation with three aims: 1) to investigate the background and traditional knowledge of raising buffaloes in Thailand, 2) to analyze the development of buffalo-raising in Thailand, and 3) to develop a model of keeping patterns for conserving buffaloes in Thailand. Document and field data were collected from eight buffalo conservation communities in Thailand by means of basic survey, interview, observation, and focus group discussion. The results show that traditional knowledge and development of buffalo conservation in Thailand occurred in order to create cultural tourism activities and find ways to employ increasingly obsolete agricultural animals. Further development of keeping patterns for conserving buffaloes in Thailand requires the integration of several techniques, including standardization of buffalo pens, feed preparation, selective breeding, and organization of regular veterinary health checks. These developments will allow buffalo conservation to progress and continue to protect traditional community heritage.

Keywords: Thai Buffaloes, Cattle, Conservation, Traditional Knowledge, Agriculture

The International Journal of Social Sustainability in Economic, Social and Cultural Context, Volume 12, Issue 3, September 2016, pp.9-16. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: May 4, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 811.602KB)).

Juthamars Rattamana

Ph.D. Student, Faculty of Cultural Science, Mahasarakham University, Kantarawichai District, Thailand

Kosit Phaengsoi

Assistant Director, Faculty of Cultural Science, Mahasarakham University, Kantarawichai District, Thailand

Dr. Terdchai Panthachai

Faculty of Cultural Science, Mahasarakham University, Kantarawichai District, Thailand