In Kochel am see: highland cattle help to maintain the species richness of Kochel | lake

For many years, Seemüller/Wallrapp stands in the yard of the family, a herd of Scottish highland cattle. These days, some of them are moved to the ox-sitting in

In Kochel am see: highland cattle help to maintain the species richness of Kochel | lake

For many years, Seemüller/Wallrapp stands in the yard of the family, a herd of Scottish highland cattle. These days, some of them are moved to the ox-sitting in Kochel am see. So "sitting" on the oxen's seat after decades, if not more, to back oxen.

Kochel at the lake of The ox's headquarters are located, since the 1970s, in the ownership of the land the Federal government for the protection of birds (LBV). A large part of the area is used by two farmers as a stray meadow. "This type of care many are on breeding birds in meadows on the ground habitat," writes of the TCA, in a press release.

Some areas were rushed ahead of the resumption of the use of the verb. In the meantime, large spruce trees standing there. Studies have shown that in the trees only a few species. At the same time, the use of the free spaces in the vicinity of a few hundred meters, for the rare was breeding bird species showed to be impossible, so the TCAS. These birds, such as lapwing, whinchat and Curlew, were once common and lived in the Fields and meadows. Through the more intensive use of the land, this would have been possible. "On the fertilized meadows, the plants are too dense and are mowed early in between could still breed birds successfully," explains the TCA.

highland cattle can cope also with difficult terrain

To be cleared, therefore, the spruces. However, due to the difficult ground conditions, the Removal of rhizomes is not possible. Some areas are wet to Mow. In order to prevent the trees in this area grow again, now the Scottish high-land cattle.

This work by her long fur and huge horns, and not just as "quaint", but also larger and heavier than actually. Relatively frugal, you can cope with pastures where other cattle are sinking, and would starve to death. Pet owners Simon Wallrapp assumes that the animals will feel at the ox seat. "I am pleased, if my animals in our meadows, healthy and species remain rich," he says.

Initially, the animals only in the summer to be outside

The shaggy animals are kept extensively. "This means that only as many animals are kept on the surface as nutrients are available. It should not be fed, so that no nutrient is“, declared the country Federal government for the protection of birds. Initially, the animals will be outside in the summer.

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Updated Date: 16 June 2020, 10:36

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