This Auvergne breed is currently the subject of a conservation program for its heritage value, but also for its genetic diversity. These cows are part of a group that would be altered by their disappearance.
They are strongly linked to the volcanic territory of the Chaine des Puys and the Massif du Sancy through their privileged interactions with the ecosystems of this environment.
Producing Fourme d'Ambert with raw and whole milk from Ferrandaises again attests to the link that unites these cheeses with their territory of origin.
Manech tête noire
The dairy origins of Auvergne sheep have disappeared, La Ferme des Verveines has chosen, in the interest of safeguarding and preserving biodiversity, to work with Manech tête noire sheep.
These sheep are the most adapted to our forage self-sufficiency system based on grazed grass and hay.
The Manech Tête Noire is a sheep breed originating from the steep mountain territories of the Basque Country. This breed is recognized for its pastoral qualities, food simplicity, as well as for the high quality of its milk and meat.
The sheep make the most of the diversity of the grazed flora, which gives a unique richness of aroma to the crottin and blue cheese.
Massif Central goat
Mixed grazing combining more than one species of ruminant on the same pasture is a relatively old practice.
Massif Central goats traditionally populated the Massif Central, currently the number of the breed is worrying.
The goats accompany the sheep to participate in the agroecological dynamics of the farm.
The herds are led under the watchful eye of Brigand our Auvergne Shepherd dog.
In 2010 this “country dog” with its acute intelligence was considered extinct. A safeguarding project was initiated in 2014.
This breed represents the last vestiges of endemic working dogs.
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