Brittany, a farming land



Brittany is a major breeding region.



It is the leading agricultural region in France and the leading agri-food regional in Europe. 

Breton farmers feed the equivalent of one in three French people. More than 60% of the regional territory is devoted to agriculture. 

FOCUS ON THE DIFFERENT ANIMAL PRODUCTIONS IN BRITTANY:

Animal production in Brittany

Poultry sector in Brittany

IN BRITTANY:

1 out of 3 French chicken is produced in Brittany

28 slaughtering poultry processing plants

Brittany's role in total production of French poultry meat and eggs in 2017:

- Chicken: 32% (359 270 tons)

- Turkey: 40% (150 090 tons)

- Duck: 18% (21 380 tons)

- Guinea-fowl: 8% (2 770 tons)

- Eggs for consumption: 43% (6,2 billion eggs)

IN WESTERN FRANCE:

63% of French poultry meat is produced in the Western region of France

It represents nearly 10% of the European production

8,300 broiler poultry farms

Dairy sector in Brittany

IN BRITTANY:

11,300 dairy farms in 2017

775,100 dairy cattle in Brittany:

- Prim'Holstein: 82%

- Normande: 6.4%

- Montbéliarde: 2.9%

- Miscellaneous: 8.4%

IN WESTERN FRANCE:

52% of French milk is produced in the Western region of France

It represents more than 10% of the European production

More than 35,000 dairy farms

Pigs sector in Brittany

IN BRITTANY:

56% of French pork was produced in Brittany in 2017

15 slaughterhouses

13.5 million pigs were slaughtered in 2017

IN WESTERN FRANCE:

75% of the French pork production is produced in the Western region of France

8 500 pig farms (most of them are in Brittany)

Beef sector in Brittany

IN BRITTANY:

158,000 tons of beef are produced in Brittany in 2017

Brittany's role in total production of French beef in 2017:

- Butchered veal: 20% (36 210 tons)

- Heifers: 8% (16 560 tons)

- Cull cows: 12% (66 910 tons)

- Bull and steers: 8% (38 250 tons)

- Total: 10% (121 720 tons)

IN WESTERN FRANCE: 

42% of national beef production is produced in the Western region of France

It represents around 10% of the European production

Around 50,000 farms

Feed sector in Brittany

IN BRITTANY:

47 livestock feed production plants in Brittany

7.8 million tons of industrial feed manufactured in 2017

Livestock feed production plants in Brittany

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Organic production in Brittany

IN BRITTANY:

11.5% of Breton farms are engaged in organic farming in 2019 (3,080 farms) compared to 1,000 farms in 2008

6th French regional in terms of number of organic farms

Main activities: dairy cattle (28%) - poultry (8%) - beef cattle (7%) - sheep (3%)

IN WESTERN FRANCE:

More than one in three farmers are engaged in organic farming

nearly 10,000 farms

more than 70% of the farms involved in organic farming are oriented towards livestock farming:

- 26% of the French suckler cow herd is produced in the Western region of France

- 55% of milk production is produced here, i.e. 500 million litres of organic milk

- 40% of the national breeding sow population

- 23% of the French goat population

- 42% of the national broilers production

Sources  

CCI Bretagne - Repères - Chiffres Clés Bretagne (édition 2018)

La dynamique de la Bio en france & dans le Grand Ouest - Bio Grand Ouest

ABC de l'Agriculture et Agroalimentaire en Bretagne (édition 2018) - Chambre d'Agriculture de Bretagne  : http://www.chambres-agriculture-bretagne.com/chiffres2018

Statistiques agricoles AGRESTE - Ministère de l'Agriculture et de l'Alimentation

Observatoire régional de la production biologique (édition 2018) - FRAB