An ecological fiber, the desire to change your life followed by a click: former civil servant, Wesley Fardeau launched an eco-pasturing service for communities, businesses and individuals in Thouars, in Deux-Sèvres. The idea? Rent sheep and goats to maintain grassy plots. “Beyond four mower passes per year, eco-grazing becomes more profitable. A single sheep can maintain 2,500 square meters of surface area per year. The goats prefer the hillsides and appreciate the brambles or the ivy ”, affirms this Thouarsais and former 41-year-old rugby player.
Against 30 cents per square meter, Wesley Fardeau, who owns nine goats and thirty sheep, thus composes his herd according to the typology of the land, then takes care of all the stewardship. A win-win system, he assures: “Eco-grazing brings biodiversity back to the site and maintains its ecosystem rather than destroying it. "
Uncommon or even endangered breeds
This eco-entrepreneur even decided to work with hardy breeds with small numbers. “Uncommon breeds such as the Poitevin goat, the sheep from Belle-Ile or the moors of Brittany, or even quite endangered such as the Berry goat neck. There are about 200 left in France, explains Wesley Fardeau. If I can help preserve these breeds while offering an efficient eco-grazing service, that's great. "
He discovered this practice by the greatest chance before giving up everything last year to train with other shepherds. "At the dawn of my 40th birthday, everything had to be changed," smiles this former technician assigned to the waste department. "Hence the ecological fiber!" The important thing now, he says, is to make a living from this new activity. Eco-grazing is developing and it is a profession of the future. "