« Marguerite Happy Cow » Differenciated milk cooperative

Practice abstract


The Marguerite Happy Cow cooperative is made up of farmers, a manufacturer of cattle feed, a milk collector and a cheese factory. The different actors of the sector must respect a precise set of specifications. Broadly speaking, these target local production, fair remuneration and a particular milk quality for cheese production. In a way, we can say that this sector is halfway between conventional production and organic production.

Benefits for the farmer:

  • Stable price of milk and higher price;
  • Be part of a local industry that markets a good, healthy and natural product;
  • To be able to apprehend the whole of a sector and to know all the actors;
  • Common and motivating project, in development.
  • Creation of a cooperative that includes consumers, allowing discussion with them.

Disadvantages for the farmer:

  • Who says specifications says constraints and adaptations to adopt. Some constraints in the specifications are more difficult for some farmers to implement;
  • Difficult management of milk urea in summer, due to the almost exclusively grass-based diet;

Other reviews:

  • Exclusivity of certain actors in the sector: the food supplier, the dairy;
  • According to some, the sector would be mainly based on marketing, because a good part of the conventional farms of the region already respect this specifications

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Additional information

Farming system

conventional farming

Domains of innovation

farm system, marketing, product processing

Main types of animal

dairy cattle



Product type

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