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Bandeau Life+ Milouv
Number three  |  Tuesday, July 28 2015


Stronger partnerships, an increasing number of training days for technicians, teachers, administrative officials and politicians, the growing number of eco-pastoral diagnostics… the LIFE MILOUV project is buzzing with ideas and initiatives. We’d like to share all this with you!

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The number of participants attending the first training sessions (2 for technicians, 1 for administrative officials) and at the first technical workshop



We will reach the target of 130 diagnostics this autumn! 

Progress is being made in the regions with on-farm diagnostics, which are the basis for cross-referencing pastoral practices:

   * In the Aveyron, in parallel with the collective feedback and exchange sessions, reporting sessions will be held at the farms of 8 breeders at the beginning of the summer. This new chance for exchange between breeders and technicians (Idele, CEN L-R, the Chamber of Agriculture, the Grands Causses Regional Natural Park) will provide the opportunity to work on more detailed adjustment of practices: redefinition of paddock boundaries, adaptation of the pasture management calendar, etc.     

* In the Cévennes National Park, 57 farmers have already been interviewed. These interviews identified their expectations and their point of view and a feeding strategy was defined for each of them. The first eco-pastoral diagnostics have been launched in the Lozère and the Gard with the support of the pastoralism department of the Regional Chamber of Agriculture. By the end of the summer, this work will have benefitted 40 farms or pastoral groups. Three technicians and two project coordinators will be employed during this phase, together with four technicians from the Languedoc Roussillon and the Gard Regional Chambers of Agriculture. Altogether 200 days will have been spent on farms between June and October. 

* In the Ardèche, work will be carried out in the field this autumn with 4 breeders. The Chamber of Agriculture, the Olivier de Serres agricultural college in Aubenas and the Syndicat Mixte Ardèche Claire joint venture are involved in this.

* In the Hérault, the Gard, the Aude and the Pyrénées-Orientales, the Conservatory of Natural Areas in Languedoc-Roussillon (CEN L-R) and the Languedoc-Roussillon Regional Chamber of Agriculture (CRA L-R) partnership will meet around thirty breeders and launch or continue diagnostics.

Between now and the autumn, the 130 diagnostics planned will be completed: there will be a great variety of experiences to study and develop as a result!


Partnerships are being reinforced through the MIL'OUV project

Following the example of the FR CIVAM  L-R and the IAM in Montpellier, the Languedoc-Roussillon Regional Chamber of Agriculture has formalised its investment in the project. A research and development cooperation agreement was signed in May 2015 between the CRA L-R and the CEN L-R on one hand, and between the CRA L-R and the Idele on the other. This agreement specifies the terms and conditions of cooperation up to the end of 2017. The CRA L-R will draw on the skills of its pastoralism department and will provide support for farm diagnostics and their follow-up. It will also take part in organising technical workshops for breeders as well as training sessions.

A natural cooperation that provides concrete evidence of this body’s involvement in MIL’OUV since the project was set up.


Mil’Ouv shares its knowledge ... in Albania

At the beginning of July, 3 members of the Mil’Ouv team (PNC, Idele, CEN L-R) travelled to Albania with IAMM colleagues to establish contacts between the BiodivBalkans programmes and Mil’Ouv. The goals identified are:

- to transfer the principles of the Mil’Ouv eco-pastoral diagnostic method to local colleagues (the breeders’ association, NGOs, etc.), and to test the method in other contexts;

- to cross-reference and develop pastoral practices in the Has District of Albania;

- to help draw up specifications for a Has goat Geographical Indication label, focusing on pastoral practices and biodiversity.


A 6-day immersion period in a rural area of Albania making contact with breeders will help to put into perspective the work being done in our own regions and to share new experiences.

Click here for more information 

A MIL'OUV diagnostic, an improvement plan and a practical exercise in the field: a fencing project with a class of BTS GPN students in the Aveyron

The Mil’Ouv diagnostic carried out by the Idele and the CEN L-R at the farm of Elise and Bastien G., a young couple of sheep breeders (dairy and meat) who have set up in the commune of La Bastide-Pradines, identified a paddock of 22 ha grazed by a single tenant, which was observed to be used unevenly, with under-grazed areas alongside over-grazed areas. Discussion with the breeders led to consideration of reorganizing the pasture by installing fencing to create enclosures. This will allow the grazing potential of the natural habitat of the Causses (xerobromion and mesobromion types) to be affirmed whilst preserving its rich ecological resources.

From 1-3 April, around ten students from a BTS GPN nature protection and management technical diploma class from St Sernin-sur-Rance helped us to install 1.3 km of fencing. Thanks are due to them and their supervisors. We also thank Yolène Pagès (Aveyron Chamber of Agriculture) for acting as the link between this enthusiastic college and the project. The fencing (3 strand smooth electrical wire) was paid for by the breeders.

As a result of the project, the pasture was reorganised into 7 plots with homogenous vegetation. Post-project monitoring will enable us to measure how things progress. 


18th June at Caylar (34): a technical day for administrative officials

On 18th June, 26 people answered the call! ... An appeal was made by the Mil’Ouv partners to those involved in policies to support pastoralism and natural heritage conservation: the DREAL, the DDT, the Departmental Councils, Regional Councils, government ministries and other public bodies.

A meeting was jointly organised by the Entente Causses & Cévennes interdepartmental body, the Southern Causses Permanent Committee for Environmental Initiatives (CPIE des Causses Méridionaux), the CRA L-R, the CEN L-R, the Hérault Departmental Council and SupAgro Florac. It enabled participants to put various public policies into practice in the field, applying them to the complex operation of a pastoral holding (thank you to Mr. And Mrs. D.-M.!), before together identifying a number of current challenges, the mechanisms that might be brought into play and the blocking points that still need to be worked on.

Participants expressed great satisfaction regarding this meeting and made strong proposals concerning the direction that should be taken during the next two meetings due to take place between now and mid 2016. 


A successful initial technical exchange workshop, led by and for breeders

The first technical workshop was held on 7th May 2015 at the farm of Laurent N. and Monique M., dairy sheep breeders in the commune of Nant. We’d like to thank them for their good humoured welcome.


The first cause for satisfaction was the level of participation: 20 breeders, almost 80% of the breeders invited to the day (whether or not they had been surveyed) agreed to attend.

The second reason for satisfaction was the conversation and exchanges between breeders that were carried on apace! “Young ewes on the ranges, that’s OK but how do you manage it?” 

The goal of this initial workshop was to identify topics to be developed in future workshops; everyone could propose a wish list:  rangeland dairy ewes, a meat herd complementary to a dairy herd, and the tools that might be used (shredders, fire, etc.) to fight brushwood overgrowth will be subjects covered in other workshops with breeders.

Benjamin Sirot (CEN L-R), Yoléne Pages (Aveyron Chamber of Agriculture) and the PNR des Grands Causses.


 * 3 new training sessions on "agropastoral management and biodiversity" are already scheduled: 

- 21/25 September 2015

- 14/18 March 2016 

- 19/23 September 2016

 These training sessions are aimed at agricultural technicians, environment managers, teachers, etc. They will be held at the Supagro offices in Florac.

Contact: Nathalie Bletterie 




* A technical handbook is being completed presenting the different stages of the eco-pastoral diagnostics method. It will be accompanied by a compilation of the survey documents and IT tools created to develop these. Contact: Guilhem Dessailly 

* The MIL'OUV method has been adapted to agricultural teaching. A BTS class at the Aubenas agricultural college and another at the Centre de Formation du Merle training course for shepherds have acquired a new approach to eco-pastoral management. Contact: Marie-Claire Chardes 

* Preparation of a publication on eco-pastoral management of open habitats. Emphasis will be placed on accounts of experiences. Contact: Thibaut Rodriguez

What opportunities are there for pastoralism in a peri-urban area?

In partnership with the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Montpellier (IAMM) and the local authorities of the greater Montpellier metropolitan region (MMM, the Communities of the Grand Pic Saint Loup Communes, etc.), an intern is currently collating information on obstacles and problems from breeders and elected officials, as well as on the opportunities to grasp in support of pastoral activities in the peri-urban areas of Montpellier. Fire prevention, access to land, multiple use, management of heritage habitats, etc, will all be included in the main topics of the internship, focusing on practical activities in support of pastoralism in the area. 

Contact:  Caroline Bascoul

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