Locally owned | Schneider family
Updated: May 20
Buffalo dairy products from Stefi & Mihaela
Ever since they met, Stefi Schneider and his wife Mihaela have wanted to raise buffalo.
"When we were first married, 24 years ago, we had two buffalo calves. But Stefi had to work abroad, so we sold them. Five years ago, we decided to reintroduce them to the village, and today we have nineteen! Our herd is growing!"
The Carpathian buffalo is a water buffalo. On hot summer afternoons, these inquisitive creatures may be found wallowing happily in a muddy water hole above the village. Since last year, the family has rented some 15 hectares of high meadowland, which they have cleared of rampant acacia and fenced in for their animals.
Stefi is one of the very last Saxon-speaking inhabitants in the village. He and Mihaela have three children. Robert and Mihai help their father with the animals, and Eveline helps her mother look after the aimals at home - pigs, rabbits and chickens. This year Eveline is away in Germany, working as a carer. Together, they manage the family's not so small smallholding, supplying their friends & neighbours with delicious creamy milk, cheese & yoghurt, all made from their buffaloes.
When Stefi and his eldest son Mihai are not working on the land, they are making new oak barns or repairing the wooden roof beams of their neighbours' houses. Stefi's latest masterpiece is a magnificent oak barn at Copșa Mare 122, which now serves as a guesthouse, the very first in the village to be owned and run by a local farming family.
For more about local families in the village, www.copsamareguesthouses.com