Exchange of experiences with grazing livestock farming in the Dessau wolf area
Grazing livestock owner Swen Keller explains his herd protection measures to participants and the Minister for the Environment Claudia Dalbert. ©WWF Germany
As part of the Life Project Euro Large Carnivores, WWF Germany invited participants to an excursion on the topic of fence construction and grazing livestock farming in Diebzig. The aim of the event was to give affected grazing livestock owners and politicians an insight into the situation of grazing livestock owners and to present practical solutions to wolf-animal conflicts.
Grazing livestock owner Swen Keller lives and works in the wolf area in Saxony-Anhalt mentioned above. He has been protecting his sheep and cattle from wolf attacks with the help of fences and dogs for years. The group visited one of his pastures on land owned by WWF Germany at the Elbdeich (Elbe dyke) in Lödderitz to look at and discuss the herd protection measures in use.
Around 40 livestock owners and stakeholders from state parliaments, the EU Parliament and the German Bundestag discussed perspectives on wolves and livestock farming in the Central European cultural landscape and current herd protection challenges and solutions were explained. The event was held under the patronage of Saxony-Anhalt's Minister for the Environment, Prof. Dr. Claudia Dalbert.