A Dutch farmer went through many hardships before reaching the peak of his art. Arrived in the early 2000s in Limousin, he adapted to resist the dairy crisis of the time and even started selling tulips, flowers from his native country.
An atypical course
Geoffrey Korsel developed his passion for breeding as a child in the Netherlands. During his adolescence he pass the equivalent of a BTS in agriculture and decides to breed dairy cows. Faced with certain difficulties in his own country, particularly in terms of land prices, he went into exile in East Germany and worked on large farms and under very cold temperatures (sometimes – 25 ° C).
After having acquired a solid experience, he decides to buy his own farm. In the early 2000s, he therefore settled in Flavignac (Haute-Vienne), in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. Once again, he has to deal with a change in language, in mentality, but also in the way he works. He was also obliged to acquire some knowledge in mechanics, plumbing and electricity in order to get by.
First of all in conventional agriculture, Geoffrey Korsel is in full reflection at the time of the 2009 milk crisis. In 2016, he managed to convert to organic successfully.
Organic milk and tulips
“In conventional agriculture, cows are given corn rations or nitrogen correctors so that they produce more. The effect is enormous on the liver which is burnt after four or five lactations. A cow is not made to eat corn, it is not a pig ” said the farmer to France 3 Regions April 11, 2021.
Geoffrey Korsel is now fully aware that conventional agriculture is not viable. He also thinks of animal welfare, by evoking a longer and peaceful life, in particular thanks to the possibility of staying outdoors for as long as possible. In better health, his cows fall ill more rarely, which saves expensive veterinary costs.
Recently, Geoffrey Korsel also sells tulips by giving direct access to one of its fields. This self-service pick-up concept comes straight from the Netherlands. By the way, the farmer got this idea due to homesickness during the first confinement in connection with the current coronavirus crisis. Since the flowering of tulips lasts only two weeks, the man also goes to several markets to sell them.
Here is the little report from France 3 Régions about the Dutch farmer from Limousin: