Filouse, 2015 mascot cow

Published on by Camille Blambert - updated on

Discover more about this cow coming from the North.

Where does her name come from? 

It comes from the Cht’i patois: Filouse or Filousse is an invented feminine form of Filou, referring to a clever, shrewd young woman.

Where does the Red Flamande live?

Mainly found in the Nord-Pas-de Calais region and Picardy, there are herds of Flamandes in Normandy (Orne), in Brittany (Morbihan, Loire-Atlantique), and in Mayenne in the east. There are currently 2073 Flamande cattle thanks to 65 livestock farmers and breeders in the Nord-Pas-de Calais region and Picardy. 

A brief history...  

The Flamande breed is one of the oldest.

In the late 19th and early 20th century, it was also one of the most common. At the time, there were over a million Flamande cattle, accounting for 8% of France's national herd.

In 1857, an engineer for the Ministry of Agriculture under Napoleon III, devoted an entire volume of his “Description of cattle, sheep and pig breeds of France” to it. The Flamand Herd Book was created in July 1886 at the Agricultural Fair in Bergues.

War and disease, however, gradually decimated the breed.  Today, there are 2073 Flamande cattle. 

#FILOUSE enjoyed quite a high profile on the Internet

The hashtag #FILOUSE was mentioned more than 853,019 times on Twitter.

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