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 Videoauschnitt - Forschung am LFZ Raumberg-Gumpenstein

The Agricultural Research and Education Centre (AREC) Raumberg-Gumpenstein is the largest instution of the Ministry for Agriculture and Forestry, Environment and Water Management in Austria. Research at the AREC Raumberg-Gumpenstein means practice proximity, independence, innovation in the entire range of agriculture, co-operation with national and international institutions in teaching, research and consultation and the direct negotiability of results. This institution is the driving force for sustainable economizing in the range of agriculture, nutrition and environment of the rural area.
Trend-setting, innovative and practice-relevant research projects are mainly worked on in co-operation with national and international organisations. High emphasis is laid on the quick and efficient transfer of knowledge to all target groups (science, politics, consultation, teachers, companies and above all the farmers), in order to guarantee that the feed-back can flow into new research projects.
The central location of the AREC in the alpine area - very favourably at the intersection of limestone- and central alps - is representative for the bigger part of the alpine region, having an amount of precipitation of approximately 1000 mm and an annual average temperature of 7.2°C. The obtained results can directly be transferred to and utilized in large areas inland and also abroad. Moreover, there are outposts in other important areas of production.
On the whole the AREC Raumberg-Gumpenstein currently cares for appr. 200 ha, 35 ha thereof are trial plots, for the transaction of research projects. In order to be aware of the different situations concerning soil and climate in the federal territory, the AREC has permanent outposts in Wels-Thalheim, Lambach - Stadl-Paura, Admont, Oberalm at Hallein (LFS Winklhof), Piber and Kobenz at Knittelfeld. Besides a training forest of appr. 170 ha for the practical education of the students is attached.
The whole research institution has a number of personnel of appr. 250, more than 50 thereof are academics and technicians. The Institutes for Livestock Research, for Plant Production and Cultural Landscape, for Animal Welfare and Animal Health as well as the Institute for Organic Farming and Farm Animal Biodiversity are divided into entirely 14 scientific departments. Some bigger departments are further subdivided in units. For the realization of the livestock projects an average livestock of 250 cattle, 330 sheep and goats and 250 pigs is available.