Suckler-Cow-Farming

Suckler cow farming is becoming increasingly popular. Also in our destination. Yet the trend has its dangers in the tourist environment. After all, suckler cows naturally protect their young calves when they feel threatened by bikers or hikers. Above all, dog owners must be careful.

Currently there are no suckler cows on the alpine pastures. The interactive map will be available again in summer 2021.

The project

In order to minimise the potential for conflict between suckler cows and guests and to promote the coexistence of agriculture and tourism, the destination Flims Laax Falera is participating in a pilot trial. The aim is to provide outdoor sports enthusiasts with real-time information on the location of the suckler cows.This information should help the guest to plan his route or facilitate the decision making whether to enter a pasture or avoid it on a large scale.

For this purpose, suckler cows were equipped with transmitters and the individual pastures were mapped. The aim of the trial is to ensure that only pastures that actually contain suckler cows are coloured orange. As this is a pilot test, in which functional disturbances can occur, a perfect functionality cannot yet be guaranteed.

Therefore: If the pasture is coloured orange, there are certainly suckler cows in it. If the area is not marked as suckler cow pasture, you must still expect to encounter suckler cows.

Behaviour tips

1. Keep distance

If possible, keep your distance so as not to disturb the cattle. In any case, walk past the cows calmly. Cattle have an individual zone - similar to the natural distance zone for humans. If this is violated, the animals may feel harassed. Attacks on humans are usually meant to protect themselves, the herd and especially the young animals.

2. Don't touch the calves

The mothers cows always keep an eye on their young ones and can react violently in case of conflict. Do not approach the calves and under no circumstances touch them. Mother cows want to protect their calves. They do not like strangers touching their offspring. However, calves often lie somewhat hidden away from the herd.

3. Dogs on leash

Keep your dog on a leash and avoid the cattle as calmly and spaciously as possible. Avoid direct contact with the herd. Cattle always classify your dog as a predator and want to protect their herd - regardless of its appearance and size.

The pilot test was launched by the graubündenHIKE impulse programme of the Slow Traffic Department of the Graubünden Civil Engineering Office. Participating in the pilot: Destination Flims Laax Falera, Amt für Landwirtschaft und Geoinformatik, Alptracker, Adnexo, Snora, outdooractive, various Alpine cooperatives.

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