The Lauresham open air laboratory has started the Auerrind project as an attempt to breed a cattle breed which genetically, phenotypically and in its way of behavior comes very close to the in 1627 extinct Aurochs. Until its extinction and especially still during the Early Middle Ages the aurochs was an inherent part of the past fauna. Town names like Bensheim-Auerbach (Early Modern High German Vrbach) as well as many bone finds also prove the presence of this big herbivores nearby Lorsch. Initiating this project makes it possible for the laboratory to underline didactically not only the topic livestock during the Early Middle Ages but also wildlife and fauna.
The project currently works together with two partners: the Förderkreis Große Pflanzenfresser im Kreis Bergstraße e.V. (Large Herbivore association; www.megaherbivoren.de) and the landscape conservation farm of Felix Hohmeyer (www.cachena.de). There are currently more than three breeding herds active with a total number of almost twenty individuals. The herds consist out of five different breeds: Chianina, Sayaguesa, Hungarian Grey, Maremmana primitive and Watussi.
For more information please visit the project-website: www.auerrind.de