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Cattle market

SAINT CHRISTOPHE en BRIONNAIS

Important Charolais cattle market on Wednesdays   
This market has made the reputation of St Christophe since 1488. It is the most important cattle market in France for the Charolais breed (70 000 cattle per year). Brussels uses it as a reference for the official quotations.
 
The development of the ways of living and marketing practices have led to a certain decline of the activity in its existing traditional form: that is why an auction market was created in 2009
 
The auction market is used for selling grass-fed calves, then lean animals, while the beef cattle continue to be negotiated on the traditional market.   
 
Paying visits to experience and understand the market  
  2 €/ person (+15 years) - 1€ from 12 to 15 years – free for children under 12  
Time required: approx. 1hr
Every Wednesday from 9 am to 4 pm (other times and days on request)
Departure: chalet under the covered market every 20/30 mins – Groups : it is recommended to reserve
 
 
 
 
Complete the visit with a tasting session, on Wednesdays from april to october from 9:30am to 1 pm

  2€ per person – it is recommended to reserve
 

 Auction market (young bovines, grass-fed calves, animals referred to as “lean”): Sales begin at 7am (end of sales between 11:30am and noon, depending on the number of bovines)
sales are resumed at 12:45 am until the end of the day, depending on the number of bovines  
Traditional market (“fattened” animals): transactions between noon and 1pm
 
 
 Information: Tourist information point: +33 3 85 25 98 05 - antennetouristique@orange.fr 
Traditional market                 Presentation of the animals in the ring, during the auction