A lawyer who became a shepherdess 2.0 - Trends-Tendances sur PC

A lawyer who became a shepherdess 2.0 – Trends-Tendances sur PC

It’s hard to make a more radical change of life… Amélie Jacques was a lawyer at the business counter at UCM, a position she held for just over seven years. But a burnout and a heart attack took her away from her work, to the point of not being able to return. These hardships encouraged her to think about her professional wishes, to listen to her desire to undertake, to be independent. Above all, she no longer wanted to stay planted in front of a PC; desire to work…

It’s hard to make a more radical change of life… Amélie Jacques was a lawyer at the business counter at UCM, a position she held for just over seven years. But a burnout and a heart attack took her away from her work, to the point of not being able to return. These hardships encouraged her to think about her professional wishes, to listen to her desire to undertake, to be independent. Above all, she no longer wanted to stay planted in front of a PC; the desire to work outside titillated her. It was while watching a report on eco-grazing (or eco-pastoralism), this ecological mode of maintenance of natural spaces and the territory by herbivores, that the click happened. Accompanied by Céline Ernst, an agricultural engineer friend, Amélie Jacques launches Sheep Solution. Concretely, the two friends suggest that companies install sheep in their green spaces to maintain them. Amélie and Céline take care of all aspects related to the presence of animals on company plots: installation, health and curative care, mowing, etc. The sheep stay there all year round. Their number depends on the size of the spaces to be maintained. The model is simple: a subscription based on the number of sheep. Count 250 euros per month for two sheep, sufficient for a plot of 20 ares. The two entrepreneurs started small, with just four cattle. Today, they have around a hundred and work with clients such as the BEP in Namur, the UCM, Thomas & Piron, rest homes and hospitals. Convincing companies to adopt eco-grazing is not always easy: they are afraid of odors, that the result will not be up to par, etc. But some see it as an original and environmental way of managing the upkeep of their gardens. Amélie Jacques says she is satisfied with her change of life. “I didn’t know exactly what to expect, she confides. I wanted flexibility and that’s a great advantage. But I didn’t expect so many ups and downs. As a entrepreneur, we go from phases of euphoria to serious moments of discouragement.” Still, the biggest change is financial: “I only touch the minimum, admits the Namuroise. You have to do the work of mourning your salary. We live differently.” But the ordeals experienced allow him to put things into perspective. And in the eyes of Amélie Jacques, quality of life is priceless.

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