Alpaufzug – Alpine Transhumance

Alpine Transhumance

Alpine Transhumance

Herens Cow Fights with Impressive Panoramic Views
In June, farmers drive their cattle up to the Belalp, where they will spend the summer. During the Herens cattle procession, a “Stechfest”, or cow sparring takes place. There, cows clash in first encounters and test their strength. The “queen of the alp” however, can only be appointed at the end of season, because these trials for dominance last throughout the whole summer. In September, when the queen of the alp and other Herens cows are well-fed, they are driven back to the valley.

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