Our Massard farm is located in Forel near the Lavaux vineyards. We produce according to the guidelines of the ÖLN (Ökologischer Leistungsnachweis) for a well thought-out future of agriculture. Wheat and rape grow in our fields. Our main business, however, is dairy farming with around 32 Brown Swiss cows. It is important to us that we grow the fodder for the animals ourselves on the farm. We deliver the milk to the dairy “Laiterie du Pigeon” every morning. There it is collected and then industrially processed.
We took over the family farm in 1981. At that time, we were still paying CHF 1.03 for a litre of milk. In 2012, we completed our new free stall barn, which meets the strict animal husbandry guidelines. Thanks to the free-range barn, the animals now have even more run and can also go outside in winter. As soon as it gets warmer again, they spend the whole day outside on the pasture with fresh grass as far as the eye can see. Since the milk quotas were abolished in 2009, the milk price has fallen steadily. In 2021 it was still 72 centimes. Despite many demonstrations and strikes, it is currently less than 60 centimes. This corresponds to a reduction of more than 41% in 30 years and is anything but cost-covering.
In January 2020, we joined the Faireswiss cooperative. This was founded by a group of very committed people and, after the French-speaking part of Switzerland, has now also gained a foothold in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. Faireswiss guarantees us one franc per litre of milk. This was urgently needed, because now we can plan our family’s future with a little more serenity. We are happy that thanks to the fair price we can finally cover our production costs again and hope to write the next chapter of their success story with Faireswiss.