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An INRAE ​​experimental farm is testing a new agricultural model in the Vosges

2024-02-22T13:13:18.140Z

Highlights: An INRAE ​​experimental farm is testing a new agricultural model in the Vosges. Small cows raised by wet nurses, pigs to eat leftovers: in Mirecourt, scientists are looking for solutions for more sustainable agriculture. Agronomists and technicians have been testing a versatile system of organic livestock and crops since 2016. “The objective is not to offer a turnkey model, but different strategies invented here, step by step, to do without pesticides and herbicides, produce as close as possible to needs, avoid losses, etc.”


REPORT - Organic cereals, smaller cows raised by wet nurses, pigs to eat leftovers: in Mirecourt, scientists are looking for solutions for more sustainable agriculture.


On this rainy Wednesday in February, nothing distinguishes the Mirecourt farm from other cattle farms in the Vosges plain.

The dairy cows are in the stable sheltered from the wind.

Bales of hay are stacked up to the roof in the sheds to survive the winter.

Two little calves, the first born of the year, glance curiously at visitors.

Seemingly banal, the farm is a vast field of experimentation.

Agronomists and technicians from INRAE ​​(National Research Institute for Agriculture and the Environment) have been testing a versatile system of organic livestock and crops since 2016.

“The objective is not to offer a turnkey model, but different strategies invented here, step by step, to do without pesticides and herbicides, produce as close as possible to needs, avoid losses, etc.

So many tools that farmers lack to succeed in their agricultural transition,”

relates Bénédicte Autret, agricultural engineer and director of the…

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