Together with the breeder Peter Kasper, who has another occupation besides working in agriculture, Martin Mathies has come up with something to create awareness for the much loved fluffy animals. With a lot of perseverance, commitment and in cooperation with other breeders and regional partners, the two created the best conditions for the successful future of the great Vorarlberg breed.
Via Valtellina and Montafon Steinschaf (stone sheep)
In Gargellen, the highest village in the Montafon, the walk leads past impressive Maisäss landscapes and the former Via Valtellina pack train route to the Montafon stone sheep, an unusual breed of Austrian sheep. On the way there, you learn more about the valley’s pack train and smuggling past.
Did you know, that...
the initiative "Montafoner Steinschaf" was founded in 2011?
Nevertheless, in the beginning they had to do a lot of convincing to get more farmers interested in sheep farming. After a difficult initial period, in which the two were able to successfully overcome many reservations about the animals, their work is now widely recognised. The awareness and interest of the population has grown noticeably, many people recognise the value of the local breed and seek contact with the breeders and their animals.