The hayfields, actually: „'s Fuada“ (The Fodder)

The meadows around the Koglerhof are not there for fun. They are the (living) basis of organic farming at the Koglerhof, economically and in general. The locals call them hayfields or actually "'s Fuada"(Fodder). Just like other fields, they are agricultural areas, not front gardens.

Up here at the Koglerhof, three to four times a year the "'s Fuada" is hayed, to feed the cattle in winter.
When "'s Fuada" is trampled down, for example because you walk through it, lie down in the meadow, spread out your picnic blanket, "'s Fuada" is bent.
Contrary to what city people believe, it doesn't straighten up again just like that, but the bent grass has to be removed, worked in by the farmer, emergency cut and removed. Otherwise the regrowing "Fuada" will grow through the flattened one and the flattened one will start to rot on the ground, spoil and affect the regrowing stalks, reducing the yield at the next cut.

At the Alpen-KlangRausch 2019 the damage, i.e. the loss due to the treading down of the "Fuada", was approximately one silo bale - in addition, of course, to this comes the amount of work required for the farmer to work the treaded down.

Especially due to the persistent drought the fodder itself is very scarce. If "'s Fuada" is not enough, fodder has to be bought or animals have to be sold or slaughtered before time.
Being a mountain farmer is a tough living in close dependence on the surrounding mountains, especially in times of climate change. Being an organic farmer does not make things easier, even if it makes them better.

Therefore:

  • Stay on the trails.
  • Do not walk on the grass even if it doesn't seem to be so high to you.
  • Only enter freshly mowed meadows (those where you can still see that the stalks have been cut off, like at home when you are lawning).
  • Explain to others who don't know why they shouldn't enter the beautiful meadow.