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Tristan, the shepherd

Meeting in Saint-Bertrand-De-Comminges

What is your profession ?

I am a Shepherd Breeder, itinerant according to the growth of the grass. With my herd, we follow the resource where it is. In the spring, we start from St Bertrand de Comminges, the village where I am, in the middle of the Pyrenees. Then, we leave for summer and we take the course of the high mountains to return to St Bertrand at the end of the year and continue towards the Gers and its cereal lands.

What does it consist of?

I try to use the herd as an agronomic tool, to develop the fertility of the land, to ward off disease for the plants, to clean the fallow land. In fact, we value the resource that nobody wants. For breeding and direct sale, knowledge of the animals and the herd is essential, it is a constant work with the ewes and lambs, which must be born, and accompanied!

A childhood memory ?

The passage of the herd in front of the gate of the family house in St Bertrand

 

A point of view ?

The summit of Tourroc or the Pic Saillant

 

A local specialty?

The blackberries of our hedges

A season ?

Autumn

 

An animal ?

The deer

 

An activity ?

The walk at nightfall to listen to the call of the deer