They are sheep and goat farmers, production managers, production line operators, etc. They all are part of Bergerie family and contribute to the making of our products. Discover the passion and pride that drives them every day.
‘We are in the sheepfold 7 days a week, all year round’
Florian Nurit, sheep farmer
Being a farmer is a passion before being a profession. Even as a child, I followed my father and uncle wherever they went, first to be with them, later to help them. After general studies, I specialised in farming. There are so many things I like about this job: working in the open air, with the sheep, being in control of your own time and the direction you give to your business. The great diversity of our daily tasks prevents routine: even if certain activities are invariably repeated every day, such as caring for or feeding the sheep, there is never a dull moment.
‘We put a great deal of energy and rigour into what we do.’
Every morning and every evening we are in the sheepfold, seven days a week, all year round. We have chosen to work as a team, a division of tasks is organized and depending on the season we manage to have some free time. We put a great deal of energy and rigour into what we do to ensure the quality of the milk from our 650 sheep. This quality depends directly on the attention we give them. Our role as farmers is to make sure that they have enough quality feed. We ensure their bedding is clean every day, and milk them regularly, always using impeccable equipment. Observing the behaviour of our sheep is essential in our job. Even though we are dealing with a group, we have to detect and solve the health problems of each individual.
During the year, we take our sheep out for as long as possible, generally from April to November, as soon as there is enough grass in the pastures and until the first frosts. The weather plays a major role in grass growth and therefore in grazing management. Generally from April to June, the ewes are free to roam in fields of four to five hectares where the grass is of very good quality and in large quantities, it can then cover the needs of our sheep. From September onwards, their milk production decreases, their needs change and the herd goes out to the moors and undergrowth instead. The sheep thus maintain the landscape and prevent overgrowth.
‘Producing organic milk is a genuine source of pride’
In recent years, we have been watching the impact of climate change with concern. The seasons are less marked. The lack of rain in spring penalizes the growth of plants that serve as food for the sheep. We often have to compensate for the lack of grass by adding fodder to their diet. The very hot summer weather also has an impact on the well-being of the sheep, which suffer and feed less easily. We take them out at the coolest times of the day to prevent their milk production from decreasing.
In this context, producing organic milk is a genuine source of pride. We are happy to have environmentally friendly production methods and maintain our landscapes while marketing healthy products for the consumer.