change, modern agriculture has reduced livestock levels and the population of
the causses has dwindled.
the end of the 19th century, Roquefort cheese production led to an increase
in dairy farming.
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Men and vultures
The Causses primarily produced cereals and vegetable crops, but the inhabitants
also bred numerous beasts of burden: oxen, mules and horses, whose carcasses
would feed several vultures.
Once the first cars and farm machinery started to appear on the plains at
the end of the 19th century, it was only a matter of time before this livestock
Changes in society and new mechanical and chemical means of disposing of carcasses
led to vultures dying out in the middle of the 20th century.