The animal sectors and their breeding systems are adapting to a rapidly changing environment to meet new challenges.

The challenges of the Chair

The projected growth in global demand for food products (meat, dairy products, eggs) and changing diets represent opportunities for the French animal industries.

In a fast-changing environment, the players in the animal sectors are working to meet key challenges: animal welfare, impact on the environment and biodiversity, competition for land use, product origins, innovative breeding models, etc.

Farming systems must adapt and anticipate these changes in order to meet market demands within a timeframe that allows for these changes to be carried out, while ensuring a sufficient level of remuneration for farmers and all the players in the sector.

In this context, many farmers are wondering about the necessary evolution of their profession and its prospects in the face of a difficult generational renewal, with the number of farmers having decreased by 75% in 40 years and 55% of farmers being over 50 years old today (INSEE, 2019).


Understanding mutations

Anticipating changes

Supporting the actors of the livestock sector

A scientific approach over 4 years

The main objective of the first phase of the approach will be to identify possible scenarios and the dynamics of past and future transformations of livestock systems and sectors, starting with an inventory of existing prospective studies. At the same time, consumer expectations, regulatory changes and the impact of technological and digital innovation will be analyzed.

This approach will highlight the major trends and possible scenarios for the evolution of animal production systems in France and internationally. A multidisciplinary team, including economists, managers, sociologists and animal production specialists, will be mobilized.

The second phase will focus on one or more of these themes identified for each of these scenarios. This phase will lead to the implementation of indicators to better understand socio-economic, societal and technological trends. Thus, a finer vision of the current evolutions will allow a better understanding of the conjunctural movements and the structural trends of the consumption and the transformation of the sector, with the objective of a greater reactivity and an increased capacity of anticipation for the actors of the sectors and the breeding systems.

Financed by Avril through sponsorship, this work, of general interest, will be made public through various communications.

Steering committees

The steering committee builds and validates the orientations and achievements of the Chair according to its objectives and advises the actors in their actions. Its composition is decided by the parties. It will meet at least twice a year.

  • UniLaSalle :         
    • Philippe Choquet, General Director UniLaSalle         
    • or Valérie Leroux, Delegate General Director       
    • Director of the AgroSciences College (under recruitment)   
  • Avril Filières d'Elevages : Christophe Le Bars, General Director Avril Filières d'Elevages   
  • Sanders : Philippe Manry, General Director Sanders   
  • MiXscience : Jean-Pierre Paillot, General Director MiXscience   
  • Feed Alliance: François Quénéhervé, General Director Feed Alliance   
  • Permanent referent of the Chair for Avril Filières d'Elevages : David Cassin, Director of Stakeholder Relations

The scientific committee accompanies the preparation of the program, the validation of methodologies, the execution of actions and deliverables. Its composition is decided by the parties. It will meet at least twice a year.

  • UniLaSalle :         
    • Jean-Yves Madec, Associate Professor in animal nutrition and zootechnics       
    • Loic Sauvée, Director of the InTerACT research unit   
  • Avril Filières d'Elevages : Philippe Dessertenne, Business Development Director   
  • Sanders : Stéphane Athimon, Technical Director Multi Species   
  • MiXscience: Jean-Marc Salaun, Business Line Director Feed Specialties EMEA and Director Species and Nutrition   
  • Feed Alliance : Blandine Quénéhervé, Administrative and Financial Director

He is dedicated to the program and is recruited by UniLaSalle according to a procedure co-constructed between the parties. This incumbent will be in charge of piloting all of the Chair's activities. He or she will have a "chair referent" within the company, a privileged contact person, enabling optimized coordination between the two structures.

The partnership between Avril & UniLaSalle: an obvious choice!  

Avril and its subsidiaries Sanders, MiXscience and Feed Alliance, and UniLaSalle have been close for a long time because of their mutual commitment to the agricultural world.  

Numerous interns and alumni are regularly welcomed at Avril. The recent establishment of UniLaSalle in Rennes near the Avril campus in Bruz has strengthened this partnership.

Opening to other partners

Depending on the subjects developed, the Chair may welcome other expert and complementary companies co-opted by Avril and UniLaSalle.


Projecting to 10 years. A necessity for the profession

"In view of the rapid evolution of societal expectations and the demand for animal products in long-cycle businesses, it is crucial to identify trends in order to anticipate the evolution of our production models and turn them into development opportunities for our sectors, while giving positive prospects to breeders. "

Christophe LE BARS
General Director, Avril Filières d'Élevages

The subject of study interests us in two ways. On the one hand, because it crosses teacher-researcher expertise to meet the challenges of the Chair, but also because it is a subject of social responsibility. This is a point on which we have strengthened ourselves at the request of companies.

Philippe CHOQUET
Director General of UnilaSalle, about the Chair for the Mutation of livestock sectors and societal issues

The meeting of two groups whose objective is to serve the future of a more virtuous agriculture is reflected in the signing of this chair. It will allow us to better understand the transitions necessary to better remunerate the players in the sector and to better respond to society's expectations, to simultaneously advance agriculture, the economy and the environment.

Sébastien WINDSOR
Chairman of UniLaSalle

Partners of the Chair

Founded in 1983 at the initiative of the agricultural world to ensure sustainable outlets for French production, Avril is the industrial and financial player in the vegetable oil and protein sector. It relies on two complementary businesses, which are the strength of its model. On the one hand, an industrial business organized around plant processing, from the seed to the processed product. On the other hand, it is an investor, through its subsidiary Sofiprotéol, which takes minority stakes to support companies in the French agricultural and agri-food sectors.

Present in sectors as diversified as human food, animal nutrition and expertise, renewable energies and green chemistry, Avril relies on a portfolio of recognized brands that are leaders in their markets in France and abroad: Sanders, MiXscience, Terrial, Lesieur, Oleo100, Puget, Taous (Morocco)...

For nearly 40 years, the Group has remained faithful to its original mission: to feed people and animals and preserve the planet. Faced with the current challenges of the climate emergency and the demographic growth that is putting a strain on resources, Avril has chosen to reaffirm its power to act, through the expression of its raison d'être: To serve the Earth. Serving the Earth, and the six commitments that support it, is a real reason for the women and men of Avril to act on a daily basis, and it conveys the Group's new ambition to become the leader in solutions resulting from plant transformation in the service of agricultural, food and environmental transitions.

In 2020, Avril achieved sales of 5.8 billion euros. Present in 19 countries, it employs nearly 7,600 people in 82 industrial sites around the world.

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Sanders, leader in animal nutrition and subsidiary of the Avril group, is committed to each link in the chain of all animal productions. Feeding animals well to feed people well is at the heart of Sanders' know-how. For more than 100 years, Sanders has been supporting the development of the animal sector, a source of growth and employment throughout France, thanks to its local organization in the Regions. Every day, Sanders is committed to working alongside animal production stakeholders to ensure sustainable production and quality products, to support all breeders in their life projects, and to help improve human nutrition.

Sanders in a few figures :

  • 24 Oqualim-certified factories throughout France   
  • 6 concessionary manufacturers and distributors of the brand     
  • 3.4 million tons of feed produced under the Sanders technique     
  • 1150 employees     
  • 26 000 customers     
  • An international presence: Turkey, Serbia, Tunisia, Algeria  

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MiXscience is part of the Avril Group and currently employs 520 people in France and abroad. A major player in animal nutrition in France and abroad, the company has a total turnover of 150 million euros and operates in more than 55 countries. Nearly 10 million tons of feed equivalent are produced each year using MiXscience techniques.

Mixscience develops and markets a product offer composed of premixes, minerals, innovative specialties and biocontrol solutions adapted to different species. Expert services enrich this offer. MiXscience addresses feed manufacturers, integrators and distributors and contributes to the development of sustainable livestock sectors.

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Feed Alliance is a company that buys and sells agricultural and agri-food raw materials on behalf of its clients. Created in 1999, Feed Alliance brings together economic players in the animal nutrition sector and other partners in the French agri-food industry. Feed Alliance, an expert in agricultural markets, negotiates 5 million tons of raw materials annually on behalf of companies belonging to the Avril Group, cooperatives and private French feed manufacturers.  

Feed Alliance's 30 employees provide tailor-made solutions to different clients in order to improve their competitiveness: market analysis, purchasing strategies and risk arbitration in volatile global markets, quality improvement and implementation of sustainable and local supply chains.

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UniLaSalle is positioned as the engineering school at the crossroads of the energy, digital and ecological transitions. It has 4 campuses (Amiens, Beauvais, Rennes, Rouen), 3,800 students, 20,000 alumni, 7 research units, 8 company chairs and research platforms and innovation centers such as Agrilab or the GeoLab.  

UniLaSalle offers 20 degree courses from Bac+3 to Bac+6 and conducts research activities at the heart of sustainable development issues. Its know-how is recognized by the business world and is reflected in the excellent employability of its graduates.  

The school stands out for its teaching methods, which combine traditional methods and innovative practices (learning by doing, new technologies, etc.).

Because of its Lasallian roots, the school pays particular attention to "integral training", which considers the involvement of its students in the life of the school or in the development of personal projects to be a formative experience and a vector of fulfilment. UniLaSalle is a member of the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles and has the EESPIG label.