Agriculture in Mountain Areas – Challenge or Chance?

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Kühe Österreich Tirol (c)The Austrian Guild has issued an invitation to ENAJ members to join a Low Budget Trip to Austria. The trip will take place 3-5 September 2015 in Tyrol in the Alps, with the theme “Agriculture in Mountain Areas – Challenge and Chance”.

We want to show you how Austria handles its small-structured agriculture in less-favoured regions. You will learn about farms with just a few cows, but a lot of passion for farming. Furthermore you will see the system of alpine meadows, where animals spend their summers high up in the mountains. We will also tell you about traditions and special products like alpine milk. Decision-makers will tell you abut the value of farming for Austrian tourism and about programmes for less-favoured areas to help the farmers make their living.

Most of the costs of the trip will be covered by Austrian sponsors. Participants will need to pay only for their travel to Austria and the costs of their accommodation, estimated at €160.00.

Provisional programme

We’ll meet on Wednesday 3 September at 11:00 am at Munich airport, where we’ve organised a bus to collect you. The trip ends on Saturday 5 September at 3:00 pm.

Thursday, 3 September

The first day deals with the technical difficulties of working in mountainous areas. The organiser is “Lindner Traktoren”, a specialised machinery producer in Tyrol.

11:00 am        Meet at the airport and departure by bus

01:00 pm       Visit 1: Farm and dairy, Schwoicherbauer, (Wörgl) www.schwoicherbauer.at

03:30 pm       Visit 2 “Innovation Centre and Museum Lindner Traktoren” (Kundl) www.lindner-traktoren.at

04:00 pm       Presentation “Technical Challenges of Agriculture in Mountain Areas” from David Lindner, Head of Marketing for Lindner Traktoren

05:00 pm       Test drive “Lintrac”

06:30 pm       Welcome Dinner “Gut Matzen” (Reith/Alpbachtal) www.gutmatzen.at

Overnight stay at the Stay-Inn Hotel (Schwaz) www.stay-inn.at

 

Friday, 4 September

Day 2 is organised by ARGE Heumilch, an association of farmers and dairies, who promote “hay milk”. Hay milk is a high quality product milked from cows fed without silage.

08:30 am       Visit 3: Hay Milk Farm – Johann Hauser (Stummerberg)

10:30 am       Visit 4: Alpine dairy “Zillertal Heumilch Sennerei” (Fügen) www.kaeserei-fuegen.at

11:30 am        Presentation Hay Milk: ARGE Heumilch-Chairman Karl Neuhofer & lunch www.heumilch.at

02:00 pm       Visit 4: Alpine pasture “Bärenbad” (Kaltenbach)

07:00 pm:      Presentation of Austrian Ministry for Agriculture and the Agrarmarkt Austria Marketing (AMA)

08:00 pm       Gala Dinner on invitation of the AMA, Schloss Mitterhart (Schwaz) www.schloss-mitterhart.at

Overnight stay at the Stay-Inn Hotel (Schwaz)

 

Saturday, 5 September

On the third day “Arche Austria” will tell and show you how the organisation helps endangered livestock breeds to be kept on farms.

09:00 am       Presentation “Endangered livestock breeds” CEO Florian Schipflinger – Arche Austria www.arche-austria.at

10:00 am       Visit 7: Farm and Pasture Hallerwirt (Aurach/Kitzbühel) www.hallerwirt.at

12:30 pm       Lunch on invitation of Messe Wels

03:00 pm      Munich Airport and departure

 

For further information do not hesitate to contact

Stefan Nimmervoll

nimmervoll@blickinsland.com

0043 69912113608

or

Annette Weber

weber@oekosozial.at

0043 676 3188901

 

If you are interested in the trip, we kindly ask for a binding registration before 31 July 2015 to weber@oekosozial.at, using the attached form Registration form Low Budget Trip Tirol (Word document).

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Austria!

Stefan Nimmervoll & Annette Weber, on behalf of the Austrian Guild