Cattle class to Vendée via Aberdeen

Easy to rear and tasty to eat, la French Angus cattle breed is on the rise

Move over Charolais, there’s a new (old) cattle breed in town. The Connexion meets a cattle breeder with a passion for Angus

Aberdeen-Angus is known the world over as the finest beef cattle, but it has only recently been introduced into France and it is estimated that there are now between 2,500 and 3,000 of this prized breed in the country.

That is a tiny proportion of the 19 million dairy and beef cattle raised every year in France, but according to a group of farmers in the Vendée who have introduced Aberdeen-Angus onto their farms, it shows the beginnings of a new way of producing beef, where quality wins over quantity.

Cavac is the Vendée agricultural co-operative which first introduced the breed into the area in 2009 and now has 45 farms with 2,000 Aberdeen Angus. The aim is to produce a top quality meat from animals which are born, raised and killed locally, fed mostly on grass and cereals produced by the farmer, without soya, maize or palm oil.

The co-op believes that this is the type of beef consumers are increasingly looking for as we are ...

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