A 60-hectare multi-species meadow was planted with a free-range breeding system. The grazing system was designed to feed the animals as much as possible with fresh grass or forage from the farm.
To achieve this, we must make the grass production of the meadow as efficient as possible. A high instantaneous load of cows on small delimited paddocks with a rotation time adapted to the dynamics of grass growth allows the herd to consume grass at an optimum stage.
The takeover of dairy farms in France is a major issue. There are 51,000 dairy farms left in France and there will be 38,000 left in 2025.
The objective of this pilot dairy is to build a documented reference system so that each person can design his or her own entrepreneurial adventure according to his or her choices of income, life balance or environment.
We have been convinced for several years that regenerative agriculture is an opportunity to take up the social and environmental challenges that our food supply implies. Its implementation requires 3 main principles: the protection of soils and biodiversity, the support of new generations of farmers, and the promotion of animal welfare.
In this model, we have deployed cows on dynamic rotating pastures to ensure natural fertilization and better soil health, hence the importance of a dairy farm in the HECTAR project.