Two neo-Aquitaine winners of the National Heritage Foundation Prize for Animal Agrobiodiversity 2023

At the heart of biodiversity, and in close connection with humans, they are essential to our ecosystems and an essential resource for feeding the world’s population. And yet, in the absence of adequate measures, more than 2,200 of them could disappear in the next 20 years1… These are farm animals! It seems urgent to protect these endangered farmed species and thus preserve the biodiversity of our planet.

This is why the Heritage Foundation and Ceva Santé Animale, accompanied by a private sponsor, created in 2012 the National Prize for Animal Agrobiodiversity supported by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Sovereignty. This year, Victoire CARTON, breeder of fishing cocks from Limousin in Corrèze, and Mathias and Charline CHEBROU, breeders of Poitevine goats in Deux-Sèvres, won the 2nd and 3rd prizes respectively.

Responsible projects, supported by breeders passionate about their animals

An educational project around the Limousin fishing cock

Attached to an agricultural high school, the Ferme du Manus attaches real importance to the educational aspect of the rural economy. Many players are working hand in hand to ensure the sustainability of an endangered species: the Limousin cockfish.

Initially, this animal is known for its feathers, which are used as bait in the practice of fishing. Victoire CARTON, director of operations, has adapted her operation into a space for the preservation of this breed.

Through the educational component, we want to make this farm a place of transmission and awareness of the threat of extinction of the species.” indicates Victory.

Today, it opens the dialogue with other actors of the territory to discuss the genetic heritage of the cock peach and thus promote its reproduction.

The project :

Genetic study and technical advice of the species with the SYSSAF (Union of French Poultry and Aquaculture Breeders) and the Corrèze Chamber of Agriculture

- Contractualization of a poultry technician

- Raising awareness among cockfish breeders in Limousin

- Development of the notoriety of fishing feathers made in France

The project received a prize of €10,000

Develop a nursery to promote the Poitevin goat

Mathias and Charline CHEBROU run the Ferme du Vieux Chêne. Father and daughter cross France in search of the best Poitevine goats.

Rigorously selected, they are intended to integrate a herd of producers to ensure genetics and a quality standard. In fact, inbreeding is a vector of mortality which jeopardizes the sustainability of the Poitevin goat. This rigor in genetics ensures the production of sanitary reliable milk.

This project revolves around quality, animal welfare and raising awareness among professionals and individuals!”, specifies Mathias.

Each year, nearly 300 Poitevin goats integrate the production of Mathias and Charline, which ensures the development of this breed.

The project :

- Raise the goats until weaning in order to sell them to future breeders who wish to benefit from quality animals

- Optimizing the reception of prawns

- Develop communication for more visibility

The project received a prize of 7000€

About Ceva Animal Health

Ceva Santé Animale is a leading French animal health company on the national market and 5th in the world, whose head office is based in Libourne in New Aquitaine. Led by experienced veterinarians, Ceva is on a mission to provide innovative health solutions for all animals to ensure the highest level of care and well-being. Its solutions portfolio covers preventive medicine such as vaccines, pharmaceuticals and animal welfare products, for farmed and companion animals, as well as equipment and services. With 6,700 employees in 47 countries, Ceva strives every day to realize its vision as a One Health company – one health: “Together, beyond animal health”. 2022 turnover: 1.5 billion euros

About the Heritage Foundation

The Heritage Foundation is the first private organization in France dedicated to safeguarding local heritage, most often not protected by the State. A non-profit organization created by the law of July 2, 1996 and recognized as being of public utility by the decree of April 18, 1997, its mission is to safeguard and enhance the national built, movable and natural heritage. In 2021, 3189 projects were supported and 703 million euros of work was undertaken.

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