Hof Palace’s Meierhof Manor Farm is living history in the truest sense of the word: not only because of the authentic restoration of the historically precious ensemble of farm buildings and stables, but also because of the more than 200 interesting and loving animals that live here.
Rare animals, old breeds
The animals at the Meierhof have their origins on a number of different continents, although most of them are the descendants of old Austrian breeds of domestic animals, some of which are quite rare. The stables and pastures are home, for example, to Noriker and Lipizzaner horses, white donkeys, spectacled, Hungarian and Walachian sheep, four-horned goats and Hungarian longhorn cattle. Among the more exotic inhabitants are woolly alpacas and friendly Bactrian camels. Among the poultry are magnificent white peacocks, proud Sulmtaler chickens, ducks, geese and rare breeds of pigeon.
Happily, the animal population is constantly growing; the non-human inhabitants of the Meierhof Manor Farm feel very much at home in this wonderful setting where they multiply and flourish. Among the latest offspring are young four-horned goats as well as Hungarian, spectacled and Walachian sheep, and the Bactrian camel Asra recently gave birth to a delightful little daughter, Ava. At birth she was one metre tall and weighed only 60 kilos, but she has been growing rapidly. The animals are not only a fixed part of life at the Meierhof Manor Farm, they also play an important role at various Hof Palace events, which you will find in the Festival Calendar.