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Beau­fort in France

Deli­cious cheese from the foot of Mont Blanc

In order for the famous Beau­fort cheeses to meet the expec­ta­tions of con­nois­seurs the world over, it takes family farms like that of André Blanc-Gonnet – and agri­cul­tur­al tech­nol­o­gy from Bauer. 

One key ingre­di­ent for the special flavor of Beau­fort cheese is the diver­si­ty of alpine plants. This is why it requires cows that are capable of feeding in the steep terrain of the Alps. André Blanc-Gonnet’s 120 Tarentaise cattle have just this ability. With his sons Robyn and Valentin, he has run his family farm in the heart of Beau­fort, at the feet of Mont Blanc, since 1987. The farm encom­pass­es 64 hectares in the valley and over 300 hectares of moun­tain meadows at 2000 meters ele­va­tion, where the cows spend over six months of the year.

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Excep­tion­al­ly well designed 

A con­vinc­ing technology

“There are a number of Bauer steel tankers in our region, meaning that we are already famil­iar with Bauer per­for­mance and quality,” says André Blanc-Gonnet, explain­ing the deci­sion to pur­chase the new and “excep­tion­al­ly well designed” tanker. Bauer poly­ester tankers feature a special gel coat that per­fect­ly pro­tects the tank from UV radi­a­tion. The eccen­tric screw pump installed on the tanker was also an impor­tant factor in the deci­sion: “It pre­vents the foaming of the slurry so that the tank can always be filled com­plete­ly full,” states Blanc-Gonnet. The slurry dis­trib­u­tor mounted to the tanker offers plenty of flex­i­bil­i­ty with its two rota­tion­al directions.

“As we have now used the tanker for a full year, we can say that we are very sat­is­fied. It saves us time and makes us more effi­cient,” says a pleased André Blanc-Gonnet. The pur­chase of a sep­a­ra­tor through the Vullien company – the ded­i­cat­ed Bauer rep­re­sen­ta­tive in Savoyen – is already under consideration.

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Tanker. Pump. Mixer.

Effi­cient with BAUER

The agri­cul­tur­al tech­nol­o­gy from Bauer helps ensure that the farm runs effi­cient­ly: At the start of 2019, a Bauer single-axle poly­ester tanker 81 with 8700 liters capac­i­ty was pur­chased. In addi­tion, the Blanc-Gonnet family already owns a Bauer long-shaft pump LE, which is now used to fill the tanker as well. A Bauer slalom mixer MSXH is also oper­at­ed on the farm twice a day in the 900 cubic meter slurry pit.

“Bauer simply wrote the book on slurry han­dling. We are toying with the idea of also pur­chas­ing a sep­a­ra­tor. Sep­a­rat­ed slurry is easier on the plants, and emis­sion losses are reduced. Both the quality of the alpine veg­e­ta­tion and the yield increase. More­over, the sep­a­rat­ed slurry does not stick as much to the grass, meaning that the feed is har­vest­ed cleanly.”

André Blanc-Gonnet (on the left with his son Valentin)