The Office for Agriculture (AFL) of the Canton of Schwyz advises and supports farmers on herd protection issues. The current database on the summering situation is now being expanded to include planning for sheep and goats, as the AFL announced on Monday. At the same time, the basis for coordinated herd protection would be created.
The catalog of measures recently published by the federal government for emergency aid for reasonable herd protection has been agreed with the representatives of the various farmers and cattle breeding associations and is already being used in the canton of Schwyz, it is said.
SMS alert service will continue
Furthermore, the existing livestock protection advice in the Office for Agriculture will be strengthened with an “initial deployment group for livestock protection”. Seven experienced farmers and small livestock keepers will provide quick, uncomplicated and unbureaucratic support to affected livestock owners after a crack event. This task force coordinates its actions with the cantonal wild guard to classify the crack event. In this context, the existing emergency kits will also be expanded.
The SMS warning service will also be continued. The wild guard triggers the alarm when livestock are torn apart and sightings near settlements. In principle, no alarm is triggered in the event of tears from wild animals.
“Urgent need for action”
The wolf had also called the SVP onto the scene: Cantonal councils recently submitted a corresponding postulate. In it, they call on the government to submit a professional initiative to the federal government to protect against large carnivores so that the hunting law is “effectively” amended.
On the one hand, the targeted regulation of the wolf population must be made possible and, on the other hand, the financial support from the federal government for herd protection must be increased, the SVP canton councils are demanding.
Because the situation is now “unsustainable” and there is an “urgent need for action”, the SVP cantonal board also decided to launch a popular initiative to protect large carnivores. (SDA)