"The relationship between farmers and their cows – that's what makes us love what we do!”
For 10 years now, Cédric Briand and his two partners Mathieu Hamon and Hervé Mérand have been rearing Bretonnes Pie Noir cattle at the 7 chemins farm in Redon, part of the Plessé commune in western France.
Keeping pace with high local demand, they transform the milk that their 40 Bretonne Pie Noir cows yield into cheese, gwell (a type of traditional fermented milk), butter, cream and raw milk. They then sell it either at the farm, or via local channels (organisations promoting the preservation of small farms, restaurant owners).
For the three people who set it up, the 7 chemins farming association is first and foremost a personal adventure with a shared aim: earn a living as livestock farmers, while ensuring complete control over the choices they have to make.
"Our animals are peaceful, healthy creatures which are happy to live on our farm… The relationship between farmers and their cows – that's what makes us love what we do, since we spend all our time getting the best from these cows! Fine is the finest example of this!"