The aim of this research paper is to draw a comparison between alpine pastures with either
sheep, cattle, horse or a combination of the latter. All research is taking place at Tyrol’s stateowned
alp in the Kitzbühel Alps. The focus is on species-specific differences regarding crop,
yield and stocking density.
Theory underlying this paper is that horses can have positive effects on alpine pastures, if
grazing in combination with cattle. Results of an appraisal of significant parameters of
pastures and analysis of pastures’ crop support this theory. Stocking density per hectare is
calculated to avoid insufficiency, which would lead to a reduction of forage quality.
Moreover, recommendations are made in order to improve the yield and value of the alpine