Natural grazing can be carried out in both urban and rural areas. Animals are efficient and environmentally friendly stewards of nature and the landscape. Grazing is usually inexpensive and the benefits it provides are valuable to nature. At a time when all traditional biotopes are under threat, contractual grazing is an important means of cooperation in the management of valuable areas and the development of new grazing areas. Grazing in the wild is always purposeful. The aim of managing areas outside arable land is to increase and maintain biodiversity, to manage the landscape or to control invasive species. In addition, grazing provides recreational values and experiences for residents. Goal-oriented care also means well-planned care, where the goals set for the development of each area are achieved.

Biodiversity benefits of grazing
– grazing increases light and heat and reduces soil nutrients
– more insects and fungi living on animal manure
– the land is being cleared to create new habitats for insects in scorching places
– decaying wood in natural pastures is valuable for pollinators and birds
– the underground biodiversity of long-grazed traditional biotopes is rich
– natural pastures that have not been modified for a long time sequester carbon in their roots
– grazing preserves valuable traditional biotopes and endangered species in valuable grasslands
– grazing to control invasive alien species such as lupin and giant balsam
– low-growing and low-nutrient adapted grassland species benefit from grazing
– treading down cattle exposes the soil surface, making it easier for seeds of desirable plant species to germinate

Grazing cares for the landscape
– can treat large areas
– treat rocky, steep or wet sites that would otherwise be impossible to treat
– grazing keeps the cultural landscape open and opens up views
– heritage sites remain open and managed
– grazing is a living cultural heritage
– traditional biotopes and natural pastures are landscape highlights

Benefits of grazing for people
– environmental farming can make use of grazing sites
– animals provide experiences and well-being
– ecosystem services such as recreation and landscape aesthetics

Benefits of grazing for grazing animals
– the possibility of species-specific behaviour
– natural pasture is a good lying and walking surface
– improved hoof health and muscle condition
– plenty of natural light, fresh air and space in the pasture
– grazing provides animals with good conditions for social relationships and herd behaviour

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