Who are we ?

The benefits of the Crau hay


The plain of Crau

The Label of "Controlled Origin" AOC

Nutritional values

Three cuts of hay






Who are we?

The committee is an association created in 1977.
Its aims are:
          to organize the market  
          to defend the interests of the growers
          to promote the product

          to search for an improvement of production techniques

In 2001, 250 growers belong to the Committee. It represents around 9 000 ha of natural meadows.

Designated by the INAO, the Committee is in charge of the AOC management. It is also the only holder of the red and white string.


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The plain of Crau

The alluvial plain of the Crau was created by the river Durance centuries after centuries. A 52,000 acres of land, which comprises 12,000 acres of irrigated fields on which more than 300 farming producers grow hay.

Hay produced by natural means

Since the 16th century, irrigating canals have pulled the Durance water and its alluviums onto the Crau plain. Over the irrigated soils, the alluviums have made the land rich in mineral and trace elements on which the meadows grow.


A rich and balance flora

The grease is balanced with gaminaceous, leguminous and other plants. However, it may fluctuate according to the different harvests.


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Three cuts of hay

There are three harvests due to our wonderful geographical position. Allowing for extended hours of sun,

three hay harvests can be produced throughout the year.

The first harvest occurs in May, followed by a second one in June  or July. Finally, there is a third harvest in august or in September. These cuts are adapted to the specific needs of each animal.


The first  is rich in graminaceous. It is appropriate to feed horses and fattening cows.


The second harvest is balanced. It is especially intended for bovines or ewes because it increases their dairy production.

The third one is rich in leguminous. It has excellent result with sheep and caprine by increasing milk production.

Pastering: from October till the end of February, the herds of sheep lead away from the mountains (transhumance) pasture the grass.

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The Benefit of the Crau hay


-    un exceptional appetency

-    a food value : its great variety of leguminous and graminaceae provide it with a rich tenure of nitrogen, minerals and energy.

-    A production technique respectful of the environment: a regular gravitating irrigation made from March to September         through an 8 to 12 days' irrigating cycle of flooding from the watering canals.

-    A phosphates potassium manuring : no pesticides used. The manuring consists in a combinaison of phosphate and potassium.

-    Know-how: a modern and performing technique of production doubled by a four-century old know how.

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The Label of "Controlled Origin" AOC

The Crau hay is the first animal food to have obtained the label of "controlled origin". It means that hay will be guaranteed as to the origin of the product, satisfying our clientele's requirements.


Your guarantee of the hay produced in

the Crau (AOC) means that:

 - the produce will be tied up in red

- and certified upon delivery.


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The hay is pressed and packed in (rectangular) bales.The small ones are about 30 kg and the bigger ones vary from 200 to 800 kg. For export, the hay is over-pressed in order to make transport easier on great distance.

Means of transport:

Most of the hay is transported by lorries with a trailer or articulated lorries. But it is also conveyed by sea or by the network of rivers.

Prices of the Crau Hay:

There are weekly quotations an Crau hay in specialised reviews. Those quotations mentionned the 3 cuts, with a distinction between small bales and bigger bales.


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