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The Maraichine Cattle Breed Supports Breeders and Researchers in the Atlantic Coastal Marshlands

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INRAE, DSLP, F-17450 Saint Laurent de la Prée, France
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Association pour la Valorisation de la Race Bovine Maraichine et des Prairies Humides, F-79510 Coulon, France
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CREGENE, Conservatoire des Ressources Génétiques du Centre Ouest Atlantique, F-79510 Coulon, France
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Sustainable Agriculture Sciences, Rothamsted Research, North Wyke, Okehampton EX20 2SB, Devon, UK
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Academic Editors: Juan Vicente Delgado Bermejo, María Esperanza Camacho Vallejo, Emiliano Lasagna and María Norma Ribeiro
Ruminants 2022, 2(2), 173-187; https://doi.org/10.3390/ruminants2020011
Received: 30 December 2021 / Revised: 24 March 2022 / Accepted: 29 March 2022 / Published: 1 April 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Conservation and Valuation of the Ruminant Local Breeds)
The Maraichine breed of cattle originates from the Loire region of France and has been under a conservation programme since 1986. This programme links the conservation of the breed with the conservation of its traditional environment of wet grasslands. In this case report, we describe the different steps of this programme, each of which had its own successes and challenges. We also describe how, throughout this process, researchers have been involved in the generation and dissemination of information covering areas such as stakeholder perspectives, animal performance, and socio-economics. Under the conservation programme, the Maraichine population has expanded in both size and scale. Simultaneously, stakeholder perspectives have also developed, continually shifting the balance between the productivity, conservation, and maintenance of heritage traits. The conservation programme also provided the opportunity to utilise the breed’s desirable traits, such as easy calving and disease resistance. Whilst the carcasses are not necessarily as valuable as those of other breeds, farmers have implemented novel economic practices to capitalise on market opportunities. Today, Maraichine cattle and Maraichine breeders offer researchers the opportunity to deepen and enrich our knowledge on sustainable ruminant livestock farming systems. View Full-Text
Keywords: local breeds; beef cattle; rusticity; wetlands; short supply chains; organic farming; ecological value local breeds; beef cattle; rusticity; wetlands; short supply chains; organic farming; ecological value
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Roche, B.; Farruggia, A.; Pousin, M.; Riga, P.; Chataigner, C.; Boutifard, V.; Prieur, M.; Roux, P.; Cooke, A.S.; Rivero, M.J. The Maraichine Cattle Breed Supports Breeders and Researchers in the Atlantic Coastal Marshlands. Ruminants 2022, 2, 173-187. https://doi.org/10.3390/ruminants2020011

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Roche B, Farruggia A, Pousin M, Riga P, Chataigner C, Boutifard V, Prieur M, Roux P, Cooke AS, Rivero MJ. The Maraichine Cattle Breed Supports Breeders and Researchers in the Atlantic Coastal Marshlands. Ruminants. 2022; 2(2):173-187. https://doi.org/10.3390/ruminants2020011

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Roche, Bénédicte, Anne Farruggia, Marc Pousin, Paul Riga, Claude Chataigner, Vincent Boutifard, Michel Prieur, Pierre Roux, Andrew S. Cooke, and M. J. Rivero. 2022. "The Maraichine Cattle Breed Supports Breeders and Researchers in the Atlantic Coastal Marshlands" Ruminants 2, no. 2: 173-187. https://doi.org/10.3390/ruminants2020011

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