Note: Due to water damage at the facilities, this event has been moved online
The discussion around livestock protection is highly complex. It 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, the LIFEstockProtect project is holding an exciting conference at the Agricultural Institute of 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. As such, the vast majority of presenters have a background in animal husbandry. Guests will inform themselves and get to ask questions on anything from animal behaviour to fence-building techniques, and will be treated to an intriguing “Market of Possibilities”, as well as an optional excursion to a local sheep farm. The event will also include lunch and dinner made from high-quality regional produce.
Livestock protection days in Triesdorf
The first day of the conference will be full of talks covering a variety of topics. From livestock behaviour around large carnivores to grazing in predator-rich areas, the talks will culminate in a discussion round on protection measures for horses. Guests will hear from renowned speakers such as Professor Igor Khorozyan from the University of Göttingen, an expert in human-wildlife conflict, and Professor Dr. Konstanze Krüger, one of the leading authorities on equine behaviour today.
Day two will explore practical elements of livestock protection in detail, with testimonials from local farmers and 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”. This fair will feature several stalls and presentations from a diverse array of institutes, associations and businesses.
Are you planning on attending 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. Participants will find out first hand about how they can use dogs to prevent depredations by large carnivores. It will also feature a demonstration of scat dogs in action.
Secure your place at the livestock protection conference
To find out more and register your place, please visit the LIFEstockProtect training website. We highly recommend onsite attendance to get the full experience. However, for those who are not able to attend in person, the event will be available to watch on Zoom, with translations in English and Italian available.