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BREEDER, HIS COW AND THE TRACTOR.

BREEDER, HIS COW AND THE TRACTOR. (64 photos) Send this reportage Send this reportage
A history of genetics. Guided by the productivist agriculture, livestock in general and cattle in particular based on genetic selection, the "improvement" of the race here, the Holstein. Agricultural competitions mark the year all over the country. The agricultural world is proud to exhibit the fruit of his labor. It is also a time of intense sociability and openness to the public sector of a changing economy. New generations moved to the head of operations.
© A. Mouthon./TheReportage.com
Categories: Economy, Environment, Health, Sciences & nature, Animals, Family, Industry, Social
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The men are dressed with a white shirt. White shirt to mark the ceremonial contest of "Black", the Holstein dairy great North, while cows and men have the same colors. A bit like you chose, in ancient times, the white shirt for big events, counterpoint blue work. Only then, farmers are men of the time, the time of a productivist agriculture where attention to genetics selects animals for a long time, but more than ever. Many young people, together with their peers and their fathers, or already own. They show the beasts in the arena. It is an art. It should make him draw the head, then holds it firmly with one hand by the halter, being careful not to lift too high elbow. The gesture is evaluated. Firm hand, face and muzzle all close to one another, sometimes cheek against cheek. And walking must be dignified, not the man who guided the animal, we look beautiful posture. There is love between these farmers and their cows, that's obvious. When it comes round to assess the cow, it is brushed, painted bomb, small scars makeup. We made sure to fill the teats and udders should stick if milk pearl. As a breeder tells me "the most beautiful they do not need makeup right? ". When the result falls, happiness bursts, but with modesty, and there quietly stroked the beast and his beauty. It's autumn in Haute-Savoie, the first snow fall and the cows also pastures are empty. Above each animal, a poster gives its name, number, date of birth and his parents, thus genetic traçabilitée. And then hang medals. Two young farmers compete with "red", a specific genetic Holstein. This is the new generation is the family farm, a son and an employee, passionate. The farm raises Montbéliardes for generations. Engage in Holstein, this is new.