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Ferme aux 4 vents

Audrey and Mathieu are a brother and sister duo. In 2010, they breathed life back into their grandparents’ farm in the Perigord Noir and threw themselves into rearing angora goats. Today they have 250 angora goats and recently added a few Lowline cows.

Mathieu grows his own feed, breeds goats, and shears and sorts the mohair while Audrey is in charge of having it washed, conbed and dyed in Italy. They manage and supervise the entire process to provide outstandingly soft and high quality yarns. They sell balls of wool and hand knitted hats at the farm, which is often open to visitors.

My Margot waistcoat is made from the famous “pure mohair” from the Mohair aux 4 vents Farm and we are very proud of Audrey and Mathieu!

I wanted to use this audio recording to give them the opportunity to talk about their work as goat farmers and their life on Ferme des 4 Vents. We had lunch together after the interview, and I asked Mathieu about Australian farming, the Mulesing, parasites… I was so sorry that his answers weren’t in the recording that I’m posting some of them here for you:

“It is wrong to assume that animals are treated better in small holdings. There are no rules and sometimes, because of a lack of resources or professionalism, small holdings are far from exemplary.Large farms are often falsely maligned.”

“It’s worth remembering that breeders have a vested interest in treating their animals well. An animal has to be well nourished and happy to get a fine, soft and high quality wool.”

“Animals are no different than humans: some stand out and are extraordinary. That’s just nature. Merino sheep are natural. Although breeders have optimised the breed through selection, when it comes down to it, merino sheep are found in nature. It’s the same with our goats. We pick the best animals for breeding but that doesn’t mean our angora goats are any less “natural” than the goats that have existed since time immemorial”.