What started decades ago with only two sheep as a wedding present, has in the meantime multiplied thousandfold and resulted in a “shepherding with heart”. After I had to acquire the knowledge about shepherding completely by myself as a career changer, our flock now consists of 350 Rhön sheep, 650 black-headed sheep, Coburger chestnut sheep and 70 goats – oh! And of course Pauline, our donkey, who is always with us. And even if I would never have thought it possible myself: the passion and my heart for shepherding grows a little bit more every day; not only with me, but also with my son Oliver, who has already decided to take over the farm one day.
You are not only one with nature when the weather is nice; you are always or not at all.
Together with our herd, we manage the vineyard in Hünfeld and the Dreinberg in Friedewald. In doing so, we are real all-rounders, as our goats explicitly protect the limestone meadows on the slopes of the Dreienberg (which belongs to the Rhön Biosphere Reserve) from scrub encroachment by nibbling off copses and hedges.
They join our Rhön sheep – a very special breed of sheep, which, apart from the pitch-black head, are conspicuous for their completely white coat – and black-headed sheep with characteristically dark feet. These four-legged friends could best be described as “natural lawnmowers” that prevent overgrowth and thus ensure the survival of the plant and insect diversity on the limestone soil of the vineyard.