LIFEstockProtect Conference 2024

Salerner Herdenschutztage 2024

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  • Date: 24-25.10.2024
  • Place: Scuola professionale per l’agricoltura ed economia domestica Salern, Via Salern 26, 39040 Varna, IT
  • Info:

    Participation is free of charge, but the number of participants is limited. Please register for the event via this link.

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The Salern Herd Protection Days focus on shepherds and their work with various livestock. Topics such as job requirements, animal health, and the implementation of herd protection measures will be discussed. A key focus will be on livestock guardian dogs, including their breeding, requirements for keeping these dogs and working methods in the field. The program is rounded off with reports on guided grazing, contract nature conservation, and a panel discussion on the future of livestock farming.

The conference offers lectures, information booths, and practical demonstrations in the field for all those interested in shepherding, herd protection dogs, and contract nature conservation.

Experience exchange and participant reports are important, allowing attendees to network and share knowledge. All speakers are practitioners who run their own operations or keep animals themselves.

All participants are cordially invited to the opening of the exhibition "Gras und Zähne - al pascolo - may safely graze" LIFEstockProtect Exhibition at the South Tyrol Museum of Natural Science. This will take place on the evening of October 25th in Bolzano. A free shuttle service will be available to all participants from Salern to Bolzano.

German-Italian simultaneous translation will be available for lectures and workshops in the hall on October 24th and 25th. An English translation will be displayed on a screen.

Please find the overview of the program here. It is a draft version that might be updated.

Program details: Thursday, 24.10.24

This is a first version of the program that might be subject to changes.




Opening - Presentation of the LIFEstockProtect project

Gabriele Falschlunger - Scuola professionale per l’agricoltura Salern

Max Rossberg - LIFEstockProtect

Julia Stauder & Benjamin Kostner - Eurac Research


How can livestock protection work? Good Practice examples from Austria, Bavaria and South Tyrol

Tobias Windmaißer - livestock owner, Bavaria, Germany

Daniel Paratscha & Sandra Hofer - wandering shepherds, Trentino-Alto Adige

Michael Knollseisen - livestock owner, Austria


coffee break


Biodiversity through professional grazing

Stefan Knöpfer – chairman of the association Hirtenkultur


Workshop ‘Contractual Nature Conservation’


lunch break


We need a new job profile. Modern shepherds tell their story

Erich Höchenberger & Matthias Prieth – shepherds, Alto Adige


Animal health on alpine summer pastures – the concept of the Tyrolean pilot areas

Christian Mader – Tiroler Tiergesundheitsdienst


coffee break


The successful concept of the Villnösser Brillenschafe

Günther Pernthaler – Representative of the Villnösser Brillenschaf breeder, South Tyrol


Herd protection through changing times – fences, livestock guardian dogs and andscape preservation

Program details: Friday, 25.10.24

This is a first version of the program that might be subject to changes.




Livestock guardian dogs – Where do we stand today

Jan Boner – Livestock protection consultant, Plantahof Graubünden


Shepherds-round: Experiences with livestock guardian dogs

Astrid Summerer - Pastora professionista dell'Alto Adige


coffee break


Livestock guardian dogs. A practical insight

Daniel Paratscha – Wandering shepherd from South Tyrol-Trentino

Astrid Summerer – Professional shepherdess from South Tyrol

Renè Gomringer – Livestock protection consultant, Bavaria

Max Rossberg – LIFEstockProtect

Albin Blaschka – Österreichzentrum Bär-Wolf-Luchs


lunch break


Livestock guardian dogs and tourism. Experiences and perspectives


GIS-based planning for livestock protection measures – can it work?

Felix Knauer & Isabella Faffelberger – University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna


coffee break


Panel discussion: Future pasture grazing – between economic profitability and ecology


closing & aperitif


Bus departure to Bolzano

Opening of the LIFEstockProtect exhibition "Gras und Zähne - al pascolo - may safely graze".

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