Since January, hikers can see sheep at the bend of a path in the Arlay or Mantry vineyards.
The 26 sheep will be collected at the end of March by the Terideal company, which made them available to the Sainte-Marie wine estate.
An ecological approach
This innovation contributes to the organic conversion of the farm. “When we want to put an end to pesticides, explains Nicolas Cottier, the farm manager, we have to find solutions. We are satisfied with the result. It is clean in the rows, the contours of the vines and around the feet. Next year we will be able to repeat the experience after the harvest, starting in mid-October ”.
The growing ecological grass
Julien Lavigne, Terideal regional director, specifies: “These sheep are Thônes and Marthod, a rustic breed originating from Haute-Savoie and Savoy, which was in danger of extinction. The plots to be cleaned are fenced. We operate in the public works and green spaces market. This is how we also do ecological grazing and animal traction in urban areas. But we are seeing increased demand in the wine industry. “.
Contacts: domaine-de-sainte-marie.com. Phone. : 03.84.44.97.33. Terideal, Aïcha Noamane, account manager, at 06.26.87.21.83. www.terideal.fr