The initial idea for the use of sheep was already taken up by an employee about 5 years ago, as the effort to mow the seepaging ponds and areas with a high proportion of trees is very high. The HAWE employees are also fully integrated in the project. They have the possibility to take over sponsorships for the sheep. Also many departments can call a "department sheep" their own.
The project is planned as an apprentice project. So trainees have been working on a stable for the animals for several weeks and months. This includes the planning and construction of the barn as well as welding, drilling and riveting. The hydraulics for the stable are completely made of HAWE components. In addition, the trainees will take over the care of the animals.
For the keeping of sheep HAWE has been registered with its own farm number at the Amt für Ernährung, Landwirtschaft und Forsten Kaufbeuren since February 2019. Agricultural businesses register the arrival and departure of animals there.
Before the actual start, the necessary beekeeping equipment was procured. These include beekeeper's boxes and other equipment necessary for the hygienic and species-appropriate keeping of bees.
This summer, the main focus will be on the good development of the young bee colonies in order to then overwinter them as strong bee colonies. This year the bees will have the opportunity to get used to their new environment and to explore it.
With this project HAWE wants to use the opportunity to sensitize the employees for the importance of environmental issues. HAWE's commitment, also in the field of biodiversity, is to be further expanded with this campaign and is a nice addition to the existing project for grazing the green areas around the Kaufbeuren plant by sheep.