Since the cross-border Neusiedler See-Seewinkel National Park was established in 1993, reintroduction of pasture grazing has been one of the most important land management tools.
In the Sandeck-Neudegg conservation area, which directly adjoins the National Park reserve, the land was not being used and this led to the reed beds encroaching on the land. Since 1995 Grey cattle have been grazing this area south of Apetlon and Illmitz.
A herd of around 500 animals keep back reed growth incursion into the land according to organic farming regulations. It has been possible to transform a wasteland overgrown with oleasters and reeds into steppe country once again.
In the case of beef cattle fed exclusively on hay and organic feed, the only slaughter option is one that is stress-free and does not involve long journeys. The range of specialities produced from Neusiedler See-Seewinkel National Park Grey cattle covers everything from fresh meat, to products such as national park sausages and ham.