Alpine Lamb project

(FINALIST 2017) Four-legged lawnmowers: sheep keeping ski slopes in good shape over summer.

The Hauser Kaibling ist the ski mountain of the tourist town Haus im Ennstal. In the summer, its slopes are grazed by more than 800 sheep and lambs, looked after by a shepherd and his dog. The fertiliser produced has a positive effect on the quality and amount of grass. Erosion on skiing and snowboarding slopes can largely be prevented. While grazing, the sheep apply gentle pressure with their hooves, thus strengthening the ground and promoting good development of the turf. Grazed areas can store much more water and thus prevent landslides. Avalanches in winter are less common on well-kept areas, as the mat effect is eliminated by flattening long grass. Plant diversity and biodiversity are also fostered.

In the 120 day grazing period, the sheep eat more than one million kilogrammes of grass, tasty Alpine herbs and shrub leaves. This way they make a significant contribution to the preservation of the cultural landscape and prevent tree and bush overgrowth on mountain pastures.


Gerhard Schütter