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Produced for over 830 years, by its very nature Tête de Moine PDO is a sustainable product. All the partners in the production chain have to comply with strict requirements in terms of sustainability and the wellbeing of the animals.

The dairy farms in the Tête de Moine PDO region are all family-run. They each own, manage and look after about 30 cows on average.

By exploiting the mountain pastures, they prevent the slopes from being overrun by forest and scrub, thus preserving nature and maintaining biodiversity. At the same time, small farms ensure that herds and fodder pastures are kept to a reasonable size. In this way, the natural cycle of the land is not overworked and the agricultural pasture is exploited in a sustainable manner.

Watch our films, “Oh the cow” and “The hay is good” (in French) to see for yourself the excellent conditions under which our cheese is produced.

Oh the cow!The hay is good

The requirements

The requirements for Tête de Moine cheese from Bellelay

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  • 70% of the calculated dry matter (DM) ration of the dairy cattle as a whole must come from the farm's own forage area or from adjacent communal pastures.
  • The use of somatotropin, urea or products containing urea, meat and bone meal as well as growth hormones or similar products is prohibited;
  • Feeding of silage of any kind to livestock (including wrapped bales) is prohibited all the year round;
  • During the green feeding period, dairy cows must be grazed for at least 120 days.

Environmental Benefit Requirements

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The Environmental Benefit Requirements (EBRs) are the basis for sustainable agriculture and are really significant, since all our milk producers comply with them. They are not only the undisputed standard for ecological farming in Switzerland but also a precondition for receiving direct payments from the federal government. The requirements set out in the EBRs are stringent and cover all aspects of sustainable production: respectful rearing of the animals, insemination, crop rotation, environmental set-aside areas and adequate protection of the soil.

Details of the requirements can be found under the following link (in german, french and italian): - Environmental Benefit Requirements

Monitoring of compliance with these provisions is carried out by an independent certification body.

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Cheese dairies and cheese maturing
  • The distance between the farms and the dairies is only a few kilometres.
  • All of our cheese dairies participate in the voluntary federal CO2 reduction programmes.
  • They mainly use sustainable sources of energy such as local wood or natural gas.
  • They also have a high proportion of solar panels for producing photovoltaic or thermal energy.
  • The recycling of by-products and waste complies with the very strict requirements of Swiss law.

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My region of origin

My region of origin is characterised by its mountainous nature, limestone soil, vast expanses of forest, wooded pastures and extensive agriculture, which makes it possible to exploit the green pastures that would otherwise be difficult for humans in any other way. The high rainfall in this mountainous region makes the use of artificial irrigation for fodder production unnecessary.

My region of origin (FR)

The region is characterised by the high proportion of renewable wind and solar energy. It has the largest wind farm in Switzerland, ensuring a high degree of energy autonomy for the region based on clean energy.

The largest wind power plant in Switzerland (FR-DE)

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Did you know ?

  • Sleep and taste

    Sleep and taste

    Spend a night in our region and we will offer you half a Tête de Moine AOP CLASSIC cheese.

    If you stay overnight for at least one night in accommodation in the Tête de Moine region of origin from 1st July to 31st October 2022, you will receive half a Tête de Moine AOP CLASSIC cheese per family.

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  • New combined ticket

    New combined ticket

    On sale at the Maison de la Tête de Moine in Bellelay and at the Franches-Montagnes cheese dairy

    From 1 June to 31 December 2022, this combination ticket entitles you to a special price for a visit to the Maison de la Tête de Moine and the Fromagerie des Franches-Montagnes show dairy

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  • Exhibition of sculptures by Christian Burger

    Exhibition of sculptures by Christian Burger

    In the cultural section, an exhibition of four monumental sculptures, never before seen in Switzerland, will be presented on the grounds around the Maison de la Tête de Moine.

    The works, made of hay by eight people, each require almost a week of work. The creations can be admired in principle until October.

  • Photo exhibition by Pierre Montavon

    Photo exhibition by Pierre Montavon

    20 years PDO - From May 1st, 2021 a photo exhibition by Mr. Pierre Montavon on the theme of the new book l'Univers de la Tête de Moine will be presented at the Maison de la Tête de Moine.

    This exhibition of photographs from the book will portray the character of this cheese. The exhibition also portrays the many people who contribute passionately to the success of this cheese, from the dairy farm to the Michelin-starred restaurant and, of course, to the cheese dairies.

  • The universe of Tête de Moine

    The universe of Tête de Moine

    Once upon a time there was a cheese like no other. Published to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the PDO certification, this book relates the odyssey of the Tête de Moine.

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  • 5th Festival of the Tête de Moine

    5th Festival of the Tête de Moine

    The 5th Festival of Tête de Moine took place in Bellelay from April 29th to May 1st 2022.

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