Peyraud’s farm in Mézières-sur- Issoire raises 200 fallow deer and around twenty deer

Who is not intrigued, passing by the road that connects Mézières-sur- Issoire to Bellac, to see this herd of 200 fallow deer in the meadows of the farm in Peyraud?
At the head of this unique farm, Mickaël Champaloux has a real passion for deer. It must be said that deer are a family affair. His father, Lucien Champaloux, a well-known mechanic in Bellac, now retired, has had a similar breeding operation since February 1987, still in Mézières-sur- Issoire, Gajoubert’s route.
Mickaël, now 34, has always been immersed in deer farming. It is therefore quite natural that, leaving the mass distribution, he should orient himself in that direction. In addition, in association with his brother Sébastien, Mickaël had the opportunity to acquire the sixty-hectare farm from Peyraud. His first job was to fence the property, five kilometers of trenches, and place a 2.40 m high trellis so that the animals could live in complete freedom. Because in addition to his approximately 200 fallow deer – 120 adults and about a hundred juveniles a year – Mickaël Champaloux also raises deer – currently around twenty – and wild boar on eleven hectares. Births occur in June, and fallow deer and deer shed their antlers in April-May.

The farm is fully organic

The farm is completely organic, not receiving pesticides for almost 35 years. However, animals are not labeled as organic.
Most animals will hunt in hunting grounds. The fallow deer are sold by one part at 7 months, by another at 18 months. The latter for around 200 euros each. Wild boars come out at 18 months and cost almost twice as much. Buyers are found throughout France, but mostly in the north of the country. Animals intended for sale are selected. One hundred fallow deer and fifty wild boar are sold each year.
From a veterinary point of view, controls for wild boar are substantially the same as for pigs and fallow deer, and according to the same rules as for sheep.

animals on the loose

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Deer are also sold for their meat which is high quality but also excellent for health as it is low in fat. The carcass – from 20 to 22 kilos – will stay there for two days and the meat sells for between €12 and €14 a kilo.
“I like that,” says Mickaël Champaloux. “I have been hunting in these lands for 15 years. Also, I’ve always loved animals, especially deer. »
But we also find, in Peyraud, many other farm animals roaming freely, some alpacas, rabbits, ducks, turkeys, etc.
In addition, it is in the process of remodeling a large room with several rooms with a view to renting it out for events.



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