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La revue française de la recherche en viandes et produits carnés  ISSN  2555-8560

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Cattle feed in France: average rations and farm autonomy

How are the dairy and beef cattle populations being fed in France? Consumers and citizens have growing concerns about this question that weighs on the image of animal breeding and products that come from cattle farming.  In order to update knowledge on this topic, the French institute on animal farming (Institut de l’Elevage) carried out a study in 2012 on roughage and concentrate consumption in 660 farms for the French Meat information center (Centre d’information des viandes). Researchers calculated the quantity of products eaten by each animal and the average basic data for different production systems. By extrapolating these data to the total French cattle population, this study determined the average ration in French cattle farming, the main animal feed categories and the proportions given to the cattle. The figures confirmed the importance of grass in the rations (whether fresh or preserved) and the great feed autonomy of cattle farming in France.


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