Eco-grazing is the ecological and natural maintenance of a green space through extensive grazing (low animal density) by sheep, goats or other small herbivores. This involves the non-use of pesticides. This ancestral technique has environmental, social and educational benefits.

These environmental benefits are numerous:

 

1/ Carbon footprint and improved quality of life:
Grazing has the advantage of not producing green waste, it makes no noise and it improves the carbon footprint due to limitation on the transport of materials and non-use of motorised equipment.


2 / Biodiversity

It enhances biodiversity by promoting the diversity of the species present on site: this is explained by the substrates created by sheep droppings but also by their food preferences which favours certain species.


3/ Safeguarding of heritage species
the selected sheep breeds correspond to a dynamic of safeguarding threatened ancient species. The Ouessant sheep is one of them.These environmental benefits can contribute to obtaining labels certifying the ecological management of green spaces.
It also has a social advantage; the animals are very often appreciated and contribute to well-being at work for on-site employees or for visitors. In terms of maintenance, grazing is possible even on inaccessible terrain where it is impractical to use machines; it ensures maintaining an open environment without mechanisation.

Support from a specialist like MUGO is essential for establishing the number of animals that can graze on a site, ensuring their health and proper maintenance of the site.

Your contact : fmanceaux@mugo.fr

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