In the second week of June 2021 the first visit of two competence centres in South Tyrol took place. Project partners from Austria and Bavaria were finally able to travel to South Tyrol and see the potential competence centres on site. Details of the course schedule and the situation on site were discussed in order to offer both the competence centres and the course participants optimal conditions for future trainings.
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Technical College Salern
The Fachschule für Land- und Hauswirtschaft in Salern is one of the training centres that will cooperate with LIFEstockProtect. On the farm, young cattle, sheep and chickens are kept on the pastures on the school grounds. The areas around the school building can be used to simulate a variety of situations that can occur during fence construction and are therefore ideal for targeted training.
Great news is that in the coming school year the college will include topics such as fence construction and guided grazing in its curriculum to prepare the next generation of farmers as well as possible for the new challenges. LIFEstockProtect will work out the course content together with the school and then offer it to all interested parties. Focus on practical fence trainings
In addition, the college is currently working on the content of a shepherd course, which will start on a trial basis at the beginning of 2022. The shepherd course will consist of different modules covering the most important activities and requirements of a shepherdess or a shepherd. These will be taught theoretically and practically in a course of about 80 hours. The official recognition of the profession of a shepherd in South Tyrol is an important goal in order to give this profession more weight again.
Highland cattle breeding South Tyrol
Beautifully situated at the Karer Pass in the Dolomites is the second competence centre the team visited. On this farm highland cattle are bred and kept on pastures. on the farm or in the forest. The project team explained the process and scope of the planned cooperation to the operators in order to answer as many questions as possible and to enable a good start of the training.
As soon as the course contents have been defined, the project team will organise an internal training for the operators of the competence centres in all three project regions so that they are best prepared for the livestock protection trainings and can train and consult their colleagues independently in the future.
The day was rounded off with coffee and cake and the project team is proud to be able to work with such committed and competent farmers!