EIP-Agri-Project 2020-2023


Brief description of the project

The aim of this project is to test different approaches to a site-appropriate, climate-friendly, resilient grassland management. As a common thread, "Holistic Planned Grazing" pasture management (according to A. Savory) is used here. In addition, the use of natural ecosystem processes should reduce both work volume and emissions and lower operating costs. As in nature, there can be neither standardised methods nor recipes. Only a holistic approach guarantees a high degree of adaptability while reducing emissions at the same time. Through the integration of differently operating farms, KUHproKLIMA determines various starting conditions and defines needs and personal operating objectives in a context-related manner. Specific initial analyses provide for individually tailored action plans and proposals. By means of close monitoring, changes and progress regarding ecosystem services are controlled throughout the entire project duration.

Recommendations for practice are to be derived from the individual implementation of the measures, the manifold experiences and the evaluation of different investigation parameters and analyses. A descriptive best-practice guideline will be created. In addition to a comprehensive transfer of knowledge on the topic of "ecosystem services", this guide will offer various suggestions for solutions, including practical tips and tricks from everyday operations. Furthermore, the guideline will serve as a decision support to engage in a more climate-friendly grassland management that secures the livelihood of farmers.

Let us permit nature to have her way. She understands her business better than we do.

Michèl de Montagne, Humanist und Philosoph 1533-1592


The concept and study design was created by Christine Bajohr (KugelSüdhangHof) and Franziska Hanko M. Sc. (Environmental Planning & Engineering Ecology), in cooperation with the ANL (Akademie für Naturschutz und Landschaftspflege, Dr. Bettina Burkart-Aicher) and the TUM (Dr. Martin Wiesmeier).


The idea for this project was initiated by Christine Bajohr and Martin Wiedemann-Bajohr (KugelSüdhangHof). The farmers officially took over the Oberallgäu mountain farm at the end of 2003. With the conversion to organic farming, a new farm concept was successfully developed (organic grass-fed milk, direct marketing, breeding of dual-purpose breeds). Only the soil and plant development remained unsatisfactory with standard farming methods and after the application of various grazing systems. Neither the conversion to organic farming nor the extensification of pasture land was successful. Due to the unfavourable location of the farm site (inaccessible steep slope, terminal moraine), the increasing weather extremes respectively their negative effects (erosion, plant stock, yield) as well as the lack of land and resources at the beginning, new solutions were sought. Only the occupation with the pasture management of Allan Savory (Holistic Planned Grazing) and the intensive examination of the topic "soil life" and "ecosystems" quickly led to visible successes. As winner of the "Bayerischer Klimapreis 2018 - Kategorie Landwirtschaft ", the concept of the KugelSüdhangHof has moved closer to the limelight. The numerous enquiries from interested farms about regenerative concepts show that there is a need for other approaches.