They are a sight more readily associated with Asian paddy fields than the West Midlands, but water buffalo are definitely on the menu in Warwickshire.
Napton Water Buffalo was founded more than 10 years ago by the Alsop family at their farm near Southam and has been going strong ever since.
From an original herd of just 20 animals, the farm has now expanded to nearly 300 water buffalo and produces a range of meat and dairy products.
One of the farm’s most popular choices is its ice cream made from water buffalo milk and without artificial ingredients and flavourings.
Choices range from the traditional vanilla and strawberry through to the more exotic chocolate orange, honey crunch and Christmas pudding.
Much of the farm’s milk is sold to other companies to make cheese.
One of the largest customers is Laverstoke Park in Hampshire, where it is turned into English buffalo mozzarella.
Laverstoke is run by former F1 racing driver Jody Scheckter as an organic concern using traditional methods of cheese making.
Another outlet is a small producer in Somerset where the milk is turned into a hard cheese.
For meat lovers, there is the choice of hampers sold direct from the farm and hand-made burgers.
The summer is a busy time for the farm as they take to the road cooking burgers at shows.
One of the reasons buffalo meat is so popular is because it tends to have a lower fat content than beef from traditional Western cows.
Visitors to the recent Summer Good Food Show at Birmingham’s NEC were given the chance to sample the burgers when Napton Water Buffalo took a stand at the popular exhibition.
Business partner Steve Holley said: “We sold more than 2,000 at that show. The burgers are very popular and this is one of our best shows. The burgers are 100 per cent buffalo meat and, for many people, this is their first chance to try it.”