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Domaine de Lamothe is a polyculture farm with 220 ha, 120 dairy cows and 6000 laying hens managed by the Agriculture school of Purpan. The farm has two mains roles:
- being a pedagogic place where students from PURPAN discover and learn the work of a farmer, the techniques, organization and management of an innovative farm. Lamothe functions as an independent unit where all the economic realities interact. Because of this role, the farm is a place of information and education for the professionals (farmers, technicians…) where the new techniques and technologies are tested, and their interest demonstrated. Around 1000 people visit the farm every year.
- being a place to promote and set up experimentations as a support of the various research projects of PURPAN.

Four research platforms exist already :
- The agronomic platform with instrumentalized plots that allows to follow the water dynamic of the soil and the lixiviation of the chemical pesticides in the soil solution on a wide range of cultivation types. Various alternative cropping systems are tested, and multi-criteria assessed on economics, social and environmental aspects.
- The dairy platform: the herd stalling allows to compare various feedings and to evaluate their impacts on the production (quantity and quality) and on animal wellness indicators. The automatic milking and milk laboratory analysis associated brings a lot of information per animal in terms of production and of milk quality.
- The poultry platform that allow to compare different feedings and modalities, this platform measures wellness and is able to analyse its consequences on the production (quantity and quality).
- The methanation platform that has the objective to study farm scaled methanation units. The objective of this unit is to develop a simple system, personalised to each farm, that produces energy with a moderate cost in order to be economically interesting for farmers.

Experience in farm demonstration activities (years) 8
Country France

Farm informations

Land without cultivation surface Surface (ha) / number List of crops/kinds
Land without cultivation 10
Arable crops 210 Maize, Wheat, Barley, Sunflower, Soybean, Alfalfa
Vegetable crops 0 ()
Vineyard 0
Orchards crops 0
Other crops 0
Livestock 6300 Dairy cows, Herd, Hens

Farm informations

Available for
  • Experimentation
Availability of optical fibre / 4G connection for data transmission Yes

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