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Deer - Stop the mowing death

Basic measure: First mowing date later

The most promising measure to prevent wild animals from being mowed is to mow them as late as possible. A first cut from June 15th, or even better from July 1st, is most likely to ensure the survival of fawns, ground breeders and young hares. However, the forage quality is significantly worse with a later mowing date than with an early first cut. In order to compensate for yield losses in the case of mowing that is gentle on wild animals, agri-environmental measures were introduced as part of the agricultural policy of the European Union. With this instrument, farmers in various federal states can be rewarded if they carry out the first cut later in the year and do not mow the grassland as often. However, there is still a need for action and the measures must be optimized, our requirements can be found here.

Legal consequences of mowing death

In recent years, the Animal Welfare Act has repeatedly been the legal basis for judgments against farmers who killed fawns during grassland mowing. Because anyone who considers the killing or injury of wild animals by the grassland mowing to be possible and at the same time not taking suitable countermeasures, accepts the mowing death approvingly and is thus liable to prosecution. In addition, in the event of a killing, the hunting tenant has a claim for damages against the farmer for the violation of his right to hunt.

Economic consequences of mowing death

In addition to ethical and legal reasons, farmers also have their own economic interest in avoiding the death of the mower. Because animal carcasses that end up in feed silage pose a high risk of poisoning cattle. The so-called botulism is caused by the ingestion of toxins by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum produced. In protein-rich organic material that decomposes in the absence of oxygen (e.g. carcass grass silage), the pathogen can form its toxins, which are among the strongest in nature. Typical symptoms of botulism are paralysis on the head and excessive salivation. As a rule, cattle perish within a few days.