However, the agricultural sector was once again faced with immense challenges with the two world wars. The effects were instant, and in 1914, the Coopérative Sèvre & Belle experienced hard times.The Great War’s impact was marked by a significant increase in the production price of milk and, in turn, butter.
In 1939, the situation was highly concerning, and the activity was subject to major disruptions. Cooperative producers rallied together to take on the situation, despite the shortages of livestock, hay, straw, coal and fuel…
After the difficult period of the two world wars, the cooperatives regained the upper hand by developing and modernising.
In March 1945, in Echiré, producers were carrying out the first animal tuberculosis screenings, a good example of their avant-garde livestock farming practices.
In 1949, in Celles-sur-Belle, our teams were producing the first traditional goat’s cheeses. Once again, the region proved its resilience by producing cheeses using goat’s milk.A new dynamic would then set the goat system in Poitou apart from other regions in France.