“50% less Alsatian foie gras at Christmas” according to a producer that opens its doors

And if for heritage days, visit a farm that produces Alsatian foie gras? This is what the interprofessional committee of palmists with foie gras (CIFOG) proposes. Two farms go therefore opens its doors in the Bas-Rhin Saturday and Sunday. In Pfettisheim (Truchtersheim) and in Soultz-les-Bains.

The opportunity for producers to discover their profession in a very difficult context for them. Because avian influenza, even if there were no cases in the Alsatian farm, had a strong impact on the sector. Hatcheries could not supply enough ducklings, explains Mickaël Doriath, foie gras producer in Soultz les Bains.

This has an impact on duck volumes. We are trying to find solutions to have the foie gras to offer at Christmas. But we announce 50% of the volume at the national level. In Alsace, we will be in the same trend” he said.

The price of duck ready for force feeding is 30%

And breeders also have another handicap this year: rising prices. Food, but also gas and electricity.

“The price of duck, duck ready to force-feed is up 30% due to the increase in the price of cereals, wheat, corn, soy, with the problems in Ukraine, prices have exploded. Gas has also increased, like electricity. Over a year, we have an increase of 120 to 140,000 euros in expenses only on the article of the duck“, explains Mickaël Doriath, who nevertheless decided to limit the increase in the price of his foie gras.

Mickaël Doriath, with his ducks in Soultz-les-Bains © Radio France
Antoine Balandra

“It is still complicated, the year is not over. We have to save Christmas. For the prices, we have to do half and half, we have to take a little on ourselves, and a little on the customer. , because otherwise we won’t do it“, explains Nicolas Lechner, producer of goose and duck foie gras in Pfettisheim.

U Alsatian producers hopefully their clientele will follow despite the increase. Because in the face of these difficulties, some have already been forced to lay off employees.

To visit the Lechner farm in Pfettisheim:

  • Saturday: 10 am to 12 pm then 3 pm to 5 pm.
  • Sunday: 10 am to 12 pm.

To visit the breeding of Doriath in Soultz-les-Bains: Saturday: 10 am to 12 pm, then 3 pm to 5 pm.

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