Location
The AREC Raumberg-Gumpenstein has its head office in the municipality Irdning in the North of Styria. Besides there are two branches in Wels and Lambach as well as branch offices in Admont, Piber, Winklhof and Kobenz. Thus we are able to cover the most different local conditions.

Rough maps you´ll find at the end of this document - the detailed itinerary you´ll find here.

 

 

Location Gumpenstein

{mosimage} For more than 60 years practice-oriented research for agriculture has been operated at the Agricultural Research and Education Centre (AREC) Raumberg-Gumpenstein. Particularly research work has been done for the grassland and diary farms in the Alpine region.

The distance to Vienna amounts to 270 km, to Graz 140 km and to Salzburg 235 km.

The central location in the Alpine region - very conveniently situated at the intersection point of Limestone- and Central-Alps with an annual precipitation of approx. 1000 mm and an annual average temperature of 7.2 °C - is representative for the bigger part of the Alpine region. The obtained results can directly be transferred and applied within Austria and also abroad. {mosimage}

Currently approx. 150 hectars are managed by the AREC Raumberg-Gumpenstein at the central location in Gumpenstein at Irdning. In order to acquire the different soil and climate conditions within the Alpine area the AREC disposes constant branch offices in Admont, Oberalm at Hallein (Winklhof), Piber and Kobenz near Knittelfeld. Approximately 9000 trial plots are constantly cared for by all departments on the whole. In June 2002 the Institute for Organic Farming and Biodiversity in Wels Thalheim and Lambach has been attached to the AREC Raumberg-Gumpenstein as the Institute for Organic Farming and Farm Animal Biodiversity.

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Location Raumberg

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In Raumberg there is the High School. The footpath from Gumpenstein to Raumberg takes about 10 minutes only. For more than five decades there has been an education place for agricultural engineers here, whereby several different qualifications are offered to achieve.

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Location Moarhof

{mosimage} The Moarhof is our organic farm and is located behind the old castle Trautenfels belonging to the municipality Puergg-Trautenfels. It is also the centre of our Institute for Organic Farming and Farm Animal Biodiversity with the branches in Wels and Lambach.

Into this Institute the trainings operated for the pupils are embedded, who are able to accomplish everything by themselves in the modern processing centre - from meat dissection to the creation of milk products (yoghurt, cheese - by the way there have already been given some rewards for that) up to the production of "Suessmost" (a special form of fruit juice).

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Branch Wels/Lambach

Emphasis:
  • The preservation of genetic resources of agriculturally utilizable animals and the setup of a gene bank in the context of the gene preservation program of the OENGENE (Austrian national association for gene reserves of farm animals)
  • Research within the range of the bio-organic pig keeping with emphasis on keeping of suckling sows in groups as well as the employment of alternative therapies and methdos of treatment
  • Scientific work on multi-factorial illnesses in organically working enterprises
  • Dealing with agricultural questions in the constant committee of the European Union Commission for bio-organic farming
  • General questions concerning bio-organic management and inventory update
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Admont

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On the branch office Admont (Hoffeld) agricultural research work in the context of the Moorland-Economical Research Institute has already begun around 1900. Since the experimental field has been adopted by the Federal Ministry for Agriculture and Forestry, Environment and Watermanagement in the year 1947, grassland trials (as on permanent grassland, fertilization and intensity of use, crop rotation attempts, official examinations on the value of sorts and lysimeter tests) have been accomplished.

The location in the Styrian Enns-Valley in the East of Liezen on 640 m above sea level, with a rain gauge of approximately 1230 mm and an annual average temperature of 6.9 °C allows long-term studies with permanent grassland as well as the comparison of the obtained results with those of other research stations.

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Piber

{mosimage} In Piber grassland trials have been accomplished in the context of research work since the year 1961 (permanent grassland, fertilization and intensity of use, crop rotation tests, official examinations concerning value of sorts and base aggrandizement of seeds for forage plants).

The location in the West of Styria near to Koeflach on 450 m above sea level, with a rain gauge of approximately 880 mm and an annual average temperature of 9.9° C also allows long-term studies with permanent grassland as well as the comparison of the achieved results with those of other research stations.

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Winklhof

{mosimage}Since 1998 practical tests (seed mixtures for permanent grassland, fertilization and intensity of use, crop rotation trials, basis aggrandizement of registered sorts, lysimeter plants) have been carried out on the branch office Winklhof (Oberalm, Hallein) within the scope of the research work of the AREC and in cooperation with the local agricultural technical school Winklhof. Apart from the experiments a botanical show garden with varieties of grain, grasses and kinds of clover is laid out every year.

The location at the Northern edge of the Alps near to Salzburg with a rain gauge of approximately 1450 mm and an annual average temperature of 9.1° C permits comparison of the test results with the inner-alpine and other branch offices.

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