The sale of animals is “worse and worse” for breeders on the L’Aigle market

Anthony Bohere notably sells laying hens ©Publihebdos

The health crisis also concerns our animal friends. At a time when the restrictions vis-à-vis the Covid-19 pandemic are gradually being removed, avian flu is coming back like every year and has been hitting breeders for six months. They must revise their productions of poultry and other birds down. The situation is catastrophic since to this is added the rise in the price of food to feed the animals.

In this context, is the sale of animals still relevant? Explanations with some breeders going every Tuesday morning to the market in The Eagle (Orne).

few sales

For two years, Nicolas Lhermeroult notably manages a poultry and rabbit farm. “We receive a lot of criticism from customers about the living conditions of pets. “The sale is getting worse and worse because of the bird flu,” he says.

This Tuesday, May 17, in number of hens, Nicolas Lhermeroult admits that he “didn’t sell much today. It’s a small market. “It must be said that the one who works at the Warren farm in Saint-Hilaire-sur-Risle is truly affected by the health crisis. “I’ve done zero business in two years,” he says.

Nicolas Lhermeroult also raises guinea pigs but they suffer from foot-and-mouth disease and he is not allowed to sell them on the market.

What is foot-and-mouth disease?

According to the World Health Organization, foot-and-mouth disease is a serious viral disease of livestock, generally non-fatal or even mild but highly contagious, which can have significant economic consequences for livestock farmers. Foot-and-mouth disease affects cattle (cows), pigs, sheep (sheep), goats (goats) and other animals.

On his side, Francois Hard says it’s “much quieter. For him, this is due to the price of cereals which are too expensive. “There are not many people on the market. Usually, it works well because I manage to sell my chickens, my geese and my ducks but here, I will increase the prices, ”says the managing partner of the Bosc Fichet farm in Neubourg.

Normally, my animals are not selling too badly on the markets until the beginning of July, especially the laying hens.

Anthony BohèreManager of the chicken coop in Saint-Germain-de-Clairefeuille

Same story at Anthony Bohère, manager of the Saint-Germain-de-Clairefeuille chicken coop. He notes that the trend is average because “in normal times, my animals are not selling too badly on the markets until the beginning of July, especially laying hens. For three years, his activity has been raising poultry including guinea fowl, quail but also ducks, geese and rabbits. “I visit five markets: L’Aigle, Mêle-sur-Sarthe, Sées, Gacé and Carrouges,” says Anthony Bohere. Breeders therefore come further and further away to sell their productions.

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