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Horse Dairy Farmer Visits Block and Bridle Club

Posted: April 9, 2013

Pierre Decayeux, an organic horse dairy farmer from Normandy, France, talked about his family's farm and the uses for mare's milk.
Block and Bridle Club members surround speaker Pierre Decayeux, in red sweater.

Block and Bridle Club members surround speaker Pierre Decayeux, in red sweater.

Penn State Block and Bridle Club members welcomed special guest Pierre Decayeux to their April meeting. An organic horse dairy farmer from France, Decayeux is currently in the United States completing an internship with Pennwoods Equine Products in Center Hall.

His family's horse dairy farm, Chevalait Farms, was the first operation in the world to pasteurize and sell fluid mare's milk. Decayeux reviewed the farm's history and the nutritional and cosmetic uses of mare's milk. There is a market for mare's milk, primarily for infants, though the milk at Chevalait Farms is used for cosmetics. The farm milks mostly Percherons; another market for their colts is as work and driving horses.

Block and Bridle Club members eagerly learned about this unique operation and were excited to see the sample cosmetic products he brought made with his farm's mare's milk.