Without water: no grass or forage, cows or milk
To produce the right quantity and quality of milk, a cow must ingest 60-80 kg of grass, hay or silage every day. This feed is 85% farm-produced and is made possible by France’s vast water reserves (in the Bay of Somme, Poitevin Marsh, the Camargue, etc.), which alongside rivers, springs, canals and other water sources, ensure the sustainability of milk production in France.
… and no food safety
Water is also essential to the milk production chain. From the stable to the dairy, the European hygiene packet imposes strict cleaning and hygiene safety procedures that require considerable amounts of water: for milking pipes, refrigeration tanks, the systems for cooling milk between the udder and the tank, pasteurization, cleaning equipment and storage tanks. This is the price paid for quality.
Saving water: a key challenge for the industry
Efforts are being made to reduce water consumption, especially through wastewater recovery.