We brought our first Bretonne Pie Noir heifers to the farm in March 2021. They're a rare and hardy breed that's able to transform decent pasture into excellent meat and dairy. Their milk is high in cream and their meat is marbled and tender. These attributes, combined with the fact that it's the smallest breed of cow in France, make it the perfect addition to many homesteads.
Age and Pricing
We offer pure-bred, registered Bretonne Pie Noir heifers who are nine months or older. We keep them on our farm until this age because we think the time they spend with their mothers is an important part of their development. During their first year of life, calves generally transition from an all-milk diet to an all-pasture diet; the adults in the herd instruct the youngsters in cow culture (how to get along with others, what's safe to eat, how to find shelter); and by being mothered, the calves learn how to be good mothers when their time comes.
How does it work?
The first step is to complete the Preliminary Order Form to give us a sense of your interests. If we have what you're looking for we'll invite you to the farm to see our little herd and your potential cow(s). We can send pictures instead, if you'd prefer. If you decide to move forward with your purchase we'll provide you with an invoice that includes the cost of the animals (with 10% VAT) and delivery charges if relevant. After we receive a deposit of 50% you're free to pick up your animal(s) or have them delivered. At the time of pick-up/delivery, we'll bring the final invoice with us along with each heifer's bovine passport. You can pay the balance by cash or check at this time.
If you know you want to buy a cow from our farm but aren't ready yet, that's no problem. In fact, it's pretty normal. Cows are pregnant for a little over nine months (283 days) and calves spend at least another nine months with their moms in the pasture. You're welcome to reserve a calf by paying a non-refundable deposit of 200€. When she's ready to leave the farm, we'll provide you with an invoice for the balance of your purchase, payable at the time of pick-up or delivery.
If all of the current calves are reserved, you're welcome to join our waiting list. When a calf is born, we'll send a note to everyone on the list and begin accepting reservations.