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Video: France’s Montbéliarde cow is a big hit in Africa

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Known for its high milk production and ability to adapt to warmer climates, France’s Montbéliarde cattle breed is becoming a star among West African farmers. FRANCE 24 went to meet this “sacred cow” at the Paris Agriculture Fair.


The Montbéliarde cow originally hails from the Jura region straddling the French-Swiss border, where it is known for producing high quantities of milk that are used in cheese manufacturing.

Long exported by France to the North African countries of Morocco and Algeria, the breed is now also winning fans in West Africa, particularly with farmers in Senegal and Mali who say the Montbéliarde adapts well to their warmer climates and the local feed.

African governments interested in decreasing their dependence on milk imports have also taken a special interest in the Montbéliarde breed, with some offering generous subsidies for their purchase in France.

Click on the player above to watch FRANCE 24’s full report from the Paris Agriculture Fair.

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