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Contribution du cheval de trait à la gestion durable des systèmes bovins de moyenne montagne : cas d'exploitations d'Auvergne

Abstract : In hilly areas, the presence of horses in cattle grazing systems is likely to facilitate grazing management in a context of expansion of land farmed and ageing farmers. A survey of 25 farms of Auvergne aims to situate the horse in sustainable managements of grazing systems on farms and cattle, and, in particular, the mode of farmers' reasoning at this level. Initial results highlights generic trends applied by a majority of breeders: the broodmares graze with the suckler cows and after the dairy cows, and the fillies are associated with dairy or suckling heifers. This behaviour type seems independent of the operating surfaces : mowing+grazing pasture or exclusive. It also appears that the horse has the special advantage of small plots and those where feed value is very low. Despite all these benefits and the motivation of farmers for a species they like, the presence of horses seems to maintain an average of 10% of total livestock in the surveyed farms.
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  • HAL Id : hal-02593183, version 1
  • IRSTEA : PUB00028622

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G. Lortal, Geneviève Bretiere, Bernard Morhain, Eric Perret, Geneviève Bigot. Contribution du cheval de trait à la gestion durable des systèmes bovins de moyenne montagne : cas d'exploitations d'Auvergne. 36ème journée de la recherche équine, Mar 2010, Paris, France. pp.15-24. ⟨hal-02593183⟩

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