Borgata Graziani 8
12020 Sampeyre (CN)
Before the town of Sampeyre, turn right and continue for 5 km.
phone: 0175 979 995
Wine and food.
Dairy production with direct sale.
Visit to the barn with livestock (robot milking machinery) and to the cheese factory
The farm owner Mr. Martino together with his family, his wife, two children and his mother have transformed the farm starting from a small livestock enterprise to the to the most modern technologies in livestock breeding and management of animals.
The farm is currently collaborating with two full time external experts: one is in charge of the barn management and the other (with support of a second part-time collaborator) is in charge of the cheese factory attached to the farm. In 1995 Mr Martino quit his job as mason and started breeding Merens horses becoming interested in Piebald Red Italian cows. Later he bought about 10 animals of this breed in Trentino Alto Adige and Friuli.
The barn (entirely built by him) was modified to accommodate both horses and cattle. The cows are aligned in one row in fixed location and until 1998, when the barn was firstly transformed, they were milked with a machinery using the bucket. A second row of cows – again in fixed location – was added to the first and the milking machinery is substituted by the milk transport.
At this stage the animal breeding was well established and the dairy production and sale of milk were successful: the barn became bigger and in 2002 the horse breeding was abandoned and the second transformation took place: bovine breeding was made in free milking parlours with 30 bunks.
At present, the steer go to the mountain pasture at 2000 m altitude on 80 hectares of municipal grazing lands; the milk cows on the other hand, weather and season permitting, go to the grazing lands on 1600 m altitude.
With the change to the milking parlours, the farm faced again the problem of milking the cows that until December 2003 had been made through a system with an auto-capturing machinery that milked and collected the milk at the same time. After a careful analysis of all the commercial options available for milking cows, the choice landed on the robot system. This was introduced in the barn at the end of 2003 and came into full activity on January 9th 2004.