Farming types vary, as do working hours, though typically this will be 40-50 hours per week.
Farming types available:
Breeding Farm – Working on a breeding farm does not imply only taking care of animals, but also includes field work and other general farm work.
Dairy cows – Around half of the dairy production is located in the North Western part of the country (Bretagne, Pays de la Loire, Normandie). The most common breeds are Prim’Holstein, Montbéliarde, Nomande, etc…
Beef cows – Around a third of the beef cows are located in the center of France (Massif Central). Beef cows are also increasing in numbers in the regions such as Pays de la Loire.
Charolais, Limousin, Blonde Salers d’Aquitaine, breeds are commonly found on these farms.
Sheep – There are two types of sheep: milking ewes mainly for Roquefort cheese and sheep for meat. The most common breeds raised in France are Lacaune (milking ewes, Texel, etc…)
Goats – The region Poitou Charentes and then the region Centre are the main areas where goat production is developed. The milk is intended to cheese processing; most common breeds raised are Alpine and Saanen.
Pigs – More than half part of the French pig production is located in Brittany and generally, in the Western part of France. Pigs are purebred or from cross-breeding between three main breeds: Landrace, Large white, Pietrain.
We may also be able to assist with other farming types such as:
Beekeeping, poultry, other animals, fish.
Cropping and Horticultural
Grains and arable crops: wheat, sweet corn, barley, oat, rapeseed, sunflower, peas, potatoes, sugar beet to name a few. Farms specializing in cropping and grain production are covering almost half of the agricultural area in France.
Fruit production – Mainly apple (orchards located in the Loire Valley, Rhônes-Alpes, Provence) and peach-nectarine (Languedoc-Roussillon, Rhônes-Alpes, Provence-Alpes, Côted’Azur) but also pears, apricots and plums.
Horticulture– Cut flowers and plants (roses, chrysanthemums potted plants or plants for clumps (orchids, perennial plants, cactus, tree nurseries (fruit trees, ornamental lower shrubs…), bulbs (dahlias)
Landscape Gardening – Landscaping business specializing in the creation and maintenance of gardens.
Market gardening – Vegetables are produced in greenhouses or outdoor.
Requirements for the French Agricultural Program:
- An agricultural qualification and preferably some experience in the farming type they are choosing to work within France.
- Age: 19- 30 years
- Be able to speak good English or /and have at least a basic knowledge of French, for social reasons we appreciate at least basic French
- Be motivated and interested in agriculture/horticulture
- Be flexible and open minded
- Have a clean police record.
- Be in good general health
The cost for our service is $1500 NZD for placements of 3-6 months, and $1800 NZD for 6 months or more.
Our support package includes:
- Applications sent to hosts and assistance with obtaining the required documents.
- Interaction with hosts to answer all of your questions
- Assistance with obtaining the required visa.
- Travel assistance to France, and onwards to the host farm
- An information pack to assist you with settling in France
- Certificate of completion.
- And much more. We are here to support you every step of the way.
You will receive at least the minimum wage of 9.88 euro (approx. $16.50 ) NZD.Food and board will be deducted from your wage.
- Local transport for sightseeing etc.
- Flights to France and travel to the host farm
- Visa costs
- Personal costs