Thionville. Goats and sheep settle in bastions

Association Éco-pattes: breeders of unusual and economical “mowers”

It all started with nine sheep in 2018. Four years later, the Éco-pattes association, based in Pournoy-la-Chétive, south of Metz, has three hundred animals in its breeding. Cows, donkeys, goats, sheep and soon horses share nearly fifty-five sites where individuals, communities, businesses and schools have opted for eco-grazing in the Grand-Est. It has ten volunteers, three employees, two of whom are full-time. Its development is growing. It should become a cooperative society from September.

Around €2,000 per year for the City

“The objective is to put animals back in the city, to ensure ecological maintenance of spaces, to safeguard breeds”, develops the president of Éco-pattes, Charles-Yvonnick Soucat. The approach also has an economic advantage for the sponsors, who get rid of the mowers, the cost of labor and fuel.

The City of Thionville pays around 2,000 euros per year to install goats and sheep in the bastions. It has signed an annual agreement with Éco-pattes, renewable for three years. The association takes care of all the management of the animals.