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La remarquable résistance des grands camélidés à des conditions climatiques extrêmes, leurs fonctions de service (transport, monte ou gestion des espaces pastoraux), ainsi que la qualité et la bonne valorisation de leurs produits sur les marchés nationaux et internationaux (lait, viande ou laine), ont fait émerger ces dernières décennies une nouvelle filière pour ces espèces cantonnées, encore il y a peu, à la subsistance de populations nomades vivant dans les régions désertiques d’Afrique et d’Asie. Cette filière s’implante aujourd’hui non seulement dans les pays d’origine, mais aussi dans le monde occidental dans lequel la gestion des élevages, basée sur des pratiques mises en œuvre pour l’espèce bovine, s’avère souvent inopérante. Ouvrage de référence, L'élevage des grands camélidés, unique en langue française, s’adresse à tous les acteurs de la filière, qu’ils soient concernés par les activités d’élevage, de conseil technique ou de soins aux grands camélidés. 207 p.

The remarkable resistance of large camelids to extreme climatic conditions, their service functions (transport, riding or management of pastoral areas), as well as the quality and good value of their products on national and international markets (milk, meat or wool), have led to the emergence in recent decades of a new industry for these species, which until recently were confined to the subsistence of nomadic populations living in the desert regions of Africa and Asia. This industry is now established not only in the countries of origin, but also in the Western world where the management of livestock, based on practices implemented for the bovine species, often proves to be ineffective. A reference book, L'élevage des grands camélidés, the only one in French, is intended for all those involved in the sector, whether they are concerned with breeding, technical advice or care of large camelids. 207 p.

Series: Guide pratique
Text in French.



Animal Management


Authors expertises affiliations

  • Bernard Faye. DVM, PhD. Former research engineer, INRA (France); currently emeritus-expert, CIRAD (France); FAO consultant; OIE expert, specialized in camelid breeding and products.
  • Gaukhar Konuspayeva. Biochemist, PhD. Professor, University Al-Farabi, Almaty (Kazakhstan); currently Guest resesarcher at CIRAD (France); specialist in camel milk and its processing.
  • Cécile Magnan. DVM, PhD, specializing in equine practice. Involved in the protection of circus animals and has, as such, a long experience in the care of large camelids of which she keeps some specimens in her farm transformed into a refuge for retired circus animals.

  • Publication date: 2022-05 (print & electronic format).

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