During La Cocarde d'Or in July...
La Cocarde d'Or takes place each year on the first Monday of July (the first race was held on 2 July 1928) in the Arles arena. It is the main event of the taurine season, and the most prestigious of the Camargue races. The final at the "Trophée des As" takes place in Arles every other year at the beginning of October.
There are approximately 30 herds of fighting bulls in the Camargue, which amounts to nearly 6000 animals.
In 1992 the Association for the Promotion of Camargue beef was established on the initiative of Camargue herdsmen, the company Alazard et Roux and meat traders in the regions of Arles and Gard. Four years of work carried out in collaboration with the Camargue regional park earnt them the label "controlled designation of origin" (AOC classification).
The Organization for the Defense and Management of AOC classified meat "Camargue bull" includes breeders, slaughter-houses, the Alazard et Roux slaughter-houses, and of the Camargue regional park and nature reserve.
The Bovin 13 association was created to enable all of the actors involved with bull production in the Bouches du Rhône (13) department to be represented. It is an organization of local "bull" producers (nursing cows, milk cows, "raço di biou" bulls, bulls for Spanish bullfighting).
Between 18 000 and 20 000 bulls are raised on more than 150 ranches ("manades") of which more than half possess at least 100 head of cattle. The production of the Camargue race of bull ("raço di biou") is first and foremost for bull shows ("cocarde" games, abrivado and bandido - bulls running in the streets).