In France, 11 million hectares of meadows are grazed by cattle (dairy breeds like: Prim'Holstein, Montbéliade, Norman, Simmental and Brunettes; as well as meat breeds like: The Charolais, Limousin , Aubrac, Salers and Blond of Aquitaine), sheep, goats and other herbivores to produce milk and meat. Livestock participates in the continuous development of territories on a social, economic and environmental point of view.
The maintenance of social life is closely linked to livestock activities (including breeding cattle) in rural areas that are slightly populated.
On the economic aspect, pastures allow rich food production (eg dairy cow products and feed calves) but also wool and leather. This manufacture meets the needs of French consumers (milk, meat and their derivatives).
Erosion, fires and floods are natural disasters. Prairies can protect the ground against these bad weather by allowing to participate in the confrontation of global warming by storing carbon and thus mastery of water quality. Pastures are also rich in biodiversity (animal and vegetable). The breeding thus makes it possible to value the soil.
Livestock Bovin Europe, the leading supplier of French live cattle, strongly encourages the breeding that allows the contribution to the social, economic and environmental development of France.
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