Please note: Due to substantial water damage at the venue, the event will be taking place online.
The discussion surrounding livestock protection is understandably complex, and can only progress when livestock owners are able to make their voices heard and talk about effective long-term solutions. That is why this November 21st to 23rd, LIFEstockProtect is holding an exciting conference at the Landwirtschaftliche Lehranstalten Triesdorf in Bavaria on the topic of livestock protection for cattle and horses!
This event will put the experiences and expertise of local livestock farmers front and centre, with the majority of presenters having a background in animal husbandry. Those attending will inform themselves and get to ask questions on anything from animal behaviour to fence-building techniques. Guests will be treated to an intriguing “Market of Possibilities”, an excursion to a local sheep farm and, of course, lunch and dinner with high-quality regional produce.
The first day of the conference is packed with talks covering a variety of topics, from livestock behaviour around large carnivores to animal husbandry in predator-rich areas, culminating in a discussion round on livestock protection in horse farming. Guests will hear from renowned speakers such as Professor Igor Khorozyan from the University of Göttingen, an expert in human-wildlife interactions, and Professor Dr. Konstanze Krüger, one of the leading authorities on equine behaviour today.
Day two will go into more detail on the practical elements of livestock protection, with testimonials from local farmers and academic researchers alike. The implementation of livestock protection methods on difficult terrain, as well as the possibility of financial support in the form of subsidies with an example from France, will be discussed at length. After lunch, guests will be treated to a “Market of Possibilities”, a fair with information stalls and presentations from a diverse array of institutes, associations and businesses.
For those who have attended the first two days and want to see livestock protection in action, a free excursion will be taking place to a sheep farm in Hilpoltstein on the final day. There, participants will find out firsthand about how dogs can be used for livestock protection, with a demonstration of scat dogs in action from project partner Leopold Slotta-Bachmayr.
To find out more and register your place, please visit the LIFEstockProtect training website or call +43 676 4635991.