Sheep farming and shepherding in the high alps of Mölltal in Kärnten, Austria




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    Hello out there!

    My name in Louis and i'm 24 years old. I took over the farm of my Father in law 2 years ago. At the moment i have 160 Sheeps, 10 Goats, 15 Chicken and 4 Heading dogs for keeping everithing togherther. The Farm has 3 Hektar of Land, the rest of the yards ist up the Montain with its highes point on 2600m.

    I will describe a bit what is to do in with period of the Year:

    The Year is starting with new life, that's in Fabruary. When the Ramps did a good Job all the Lambs ar born in 6 Weeks. This is the most work expencive time in the Year with nightshifts for me. You will lern much about reading Sheeps for health checks and when they got birth.

    When the Lambing is over everybody is waiting for spring. When there is enough Gras i will start traveling with the Sheeps up the Moutain. There will also the Gardingeing starts and needs every day attention. Also my Goats will Produce Milk for making different kind of chees.

    In June when all the lower yards are done i have a longer hike to my Alm - fields. The first is on 2000m without a cabin, so it is necessary for me to sleep in a tent for around two weeks. After i guide the herd to the high fields, there is the possibility to sleep in a Cabin to deal with the thin Air.

    When Snow is starting or the Gras is empty i hike down the Mountain to the lower fields in the Valley. This is around mid of September. After i seperate all the Lambs from the herd for selling them. Our fruit Garden and manly all of our Vegitables are ready to make them durable.

    Depending on the Wether i guide the Sheeps in the barn beginning of December. Then i have 2 Month with less Work on the Animals. There is the Possibility for me to have some Days off from the Farm so if you feel right and there are two people around i will leave the Farm for two Weeks to have my only Holiday in the Year.

    If you want more Information about the Farm and living in the Mountain just ask! I love to host People, I'm doing it since i took over this farm cause my Stepdad was doing the same. I meet so many People with Workaway and some are still my friends and visiting me and my Familiy from time to time.

    I'm looking forward for new inquris and new Storys!


  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will experience the traditional life on an Austrian mountain farm, that still has most the tool and equipment in place, that farmers used to life a life of self sufficiency in the Austrian mountains. You will learn about mountain farming, while living in an area that offers year around glazier skiing, rafting, Canyoning and many other outdoor activities on your days off.

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  • Help


    In the coming month, Louis will take the herd up into the mountains and will stay there for the summer. During this time we work on the barn on the farm on maintenance and repair, make fire wood for the winter and plant in the gardens and take care of our fruit trees.

    During spring and summer we like to update our web site as well and make the old Farmhouse ready for the winter. Anybody who would like to join our team for a minimum of 4 weeks and longer is welcome to share with us skills in gardening, building or animal care.

    We are a working farm and take care of several hundred animals around the clock and prefer experienced volunteers that can work with little supervision.

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Internet is available in the main house for moderate use.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The Mölltal is an out door paradise !!! hiking, biking, swimming in a near by lake ,wake boarding in the summer, rafting canoeing, skiing and trips via bus to near by towns and cities. The bus stop is within walking distance.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    Digital nomades are welcome here!

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    My Dogs are verry Friendly and i was hosting already some People with Dogs.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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