Acclimation is already a success. This is also the case with feed transition, says Dr Jean-Marcel Mandeng. According to the National Specialist in Animal Production Development and Quality Management, 12 permanent and six seasonal staff are working hard in the barns. They welcome the 165 pregnant heifers from France. Thermal tolerance is satisfactory. The cows are fed local feed. These are quality cotton hulls. They get used to it because the grass has a seasonal production. Water needs are met. Breeders received the dedicated training. Only one case of mortality was recorded, compared to 165 possible cases. This was due to complications during parturition.
They work alternately day and night with three guards. Basically, the support consists of getting the beneficiaries to have effective care of the animals. It is a huge investment. Milk productions also has to be of the same ilk. The first training relates to management, in particular knowledge of animal habits. People have to make sure they are healthy to produce properly. Behavioural and psychological knowledge of animals is also important. Eating habits then come with an emphasis on quality. Watering is not the least when you are in the North. Water needs are expressed in abundance. Quality is also essential. Fortunately, food is available in Lougguéré. In addition to supporting beneficiaries, we should mention health support thanks to the hiring of private veterinarians. Their mission is to assist beneficiaries with health, technical and even economic aspects. This is a “business” and not a contemplative breeding.
Three quarantine stables have been set up to accommodate high-performance Montbéliarde heifers. Each barn has a capacity of 60 animals, four drinkers, two feeders, areas for specific circulation, feeding, exercise and rest.