C3 Workshop: "Innovative flexible adapted training methods" and Management Meeting in Austria

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From 5 to 7 July 2022 a new Management and Coordination Meeting and C3 Workshop took place at Agriculture Research and Education Centre (AREC) Raumberg-Gumpenstein, Irdning-Donnersbachtal (Austria).

Both events were attended by all partners: the hosts (AREC and University College for Agrarian and Environmental Pedagogy, UCAEP, Austria), AGROM-RO (Romania), ARCHNETWORK (Scotland), Fundación Monte Mediterráneo (Spain), Cesefor (Spain), Agrarian Chamber of Lower Saxony (Germany). ADIRAM (Portugal) and Agricultural University Plovdiv (Bulgaria) participated online.

Experts also participated and provided valuable input to the workshop.

The Coordination Meeting focused on updating the project justification, the presentation of the next steps and the presentation of the deadline for the intellectual outputs.


During the C3 Workshop, training methods for a flexible training of shepherds were discussed, taking into account the barriers identified in the IO1 of the project (“Shepherds Curricula”). Participating experts and partners made proposals for the definition of the pastoralist trainer's profile.

Also within the workshop, two visits took place: one to the facilities of one of the host partners, AREC, Raumberg-Gumpenstein, and one to LFS - Grabnerhof, Technical College for Agriculture, Forestry and Alpine Livestock, Admont.

During the visit to AREC, the participants were able to learn about the organisation's research lines aimed at optimising pasture production, guaranteeing the biodiversity of alpine pastures, animal welfare, etc.

7 July was reserved for a visit to LFS – Grabnerhof, which is a technical school of agriculture, forestry and alpine livestock. Students are trained in these disciplines in a holistic way, from production in the field or in the forest until the final products reach the consumer. It is a 3-year vocational secondary school, aimed at acquiring theoretical and practical skills. Practical training is particularly important and characteristic of Grabnerhof. It takes place in 3 focus groups:

  1. Agriculture and forestry
  2. Food processing and sales
  3. Preparation for commercial network learning with leading companies in the region.

On the afternoon of the 7th we also visited a mountain area where this training centre is developing a project to protect sheep from the wolf. They are testing technical herd protection with typical herd size (en Styria average 20 animals/herd):

  • Paddock grazing operation for sheep and goats at the beginning of the grazing period.
  • Free grazing with night protection with a fence on the high-altitude areas in the second half of the grazing period for the sheep.