10 rules on how to behave around grazing animals.

Austria’s farmers make an important contribution to preserving our country’s alpine landscape. We ask you as a visitor to treat this landscape with respect and to adapt your behaviour. The following ten rules indicate the correct way to act when crossing alpine pastures.

1. Avoid contact with grazing animals, do not feed them and keep a safe distance.

2. Stay calm and quiet – do not startle grazing cattle.

3. Mother cows instinctively protect their young. Therefore, keep dogs away from mother cows at all times.

4. Always keep dogs under control and on a short leash. If you think you are going to be attacked by a grazing animal, let go of the leash immediately.

5. When crossing alpine pastures, always stay on the path.

6. If you find your route is blocked by grazing animals, walk around them leaving as much space as possible.

7. If grazing animals approach you, stay calm, do not turn your back on them and move out of the way of the animals.

8. Leave the pasture quickly as soon as you see early signs that the grazing animals are becoming nervous or restless.

9. Do not climb over fences. If there is a gate, use it. Make sure you then close it properly behind you and cross the pasture quickly.

10. Treat workers, nature and animals with respect.