November, 2021

2021fri05nov14:0018:00Online EventConference: Shepherdesses in the Alps - Insights into pastoralism14:00 - 18:00(GMT+01:00) In meiner Zeit ansehen Veranstalter: LIFEstockProtect


Event Details

Pastoralism with shepherdess, shepherd and dog is probably one of the oldest forms of agriculture, which, however, has slowly lost its importance in the German-speaking countries over the last decades. Now it is gradually being brought back, as shepherding is not only a form of livestock protection, but also brings numerous benefits for farm animals and the biodiversity of alpine pastures. Shepherding is thus characterised not only by a close bond with their own animals, but also by a broad view of the entire ecosystem.

Pastoralism and its revival also play a central role in LIFEstockProtect. In this conference, the participants will gain exciting insights into the profession, the challenges and the future of shepherding in Austria, Germany and Italy through the presentations of four shepherdesses from the project region.


  • Anna Huber (Germany): young and motivated career changer
  • Astid Summerer (South Tyrol): Shepherdess with years of experience, also transhumance
  • Barbara Crea (Italy): Shepherdess and farmer with a lot of livestock protection experience
  • Christina Ziegerhofer (Austria): Shepherding started with internships and now as a main profession


  • The conference is free of charge, but requires registration.
  • It will be held via ZOOM, for which no installation is required.
  • The conference will offer simultaneous translation into Italian, German and English.
  • There will be an opportunity to ask each speaker questions in Italian, English or German.

You can already register for the conference, which will take place on 5.11.2021 from 14:00 – 18:00 below.


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(Freitag) 14:00 - 18:00(GMT+01:00) In meiner Zeit ansehen

Speakers for this event

  • Anna Huber

    Anna Huber

    Anna has a background in arts and works in theatre productions in Germany. During the past two summers she worked as a shepherdess in Carinthia (Austria) and gained valuable experience about the work and lifestyle of a shepherdess and what it means to share the mountain pasture with a wolf.

  • Astrid Summer

    Astrid Summer

    An experienced shepherdess from South Tyrol who is currently on a transhumance through Italy and Slovenia. She has a lot of experience with herding dogs, but also with guarding dogs.

  • Barbara Crea

    Barbara Crea

    Her farm is called “Quelle del Baito”, and is located in Lessinia, near the village of Erbezzo, close to the regional park. She started in 2009, has sheep and goats for dairy and meat production and is experienced with prevention measures, both dogs and fences. In 2020 her farm won Italian Alpine Club prize offerd to farmers who adopt excellent coexistence practices with large carnivores.