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The first wheels in the press

Posted on June 15, 2021
Alp Bleiki
The cows of Paul and Agnes Barmettler will arrive on Bleiki on Thursday, June 17. However, the first cheeses are already in the press. The milk comes from animals from 3 Alpfarms and 3 mountain farms that already have started their Alp summer. Paul has also made the first wheels of Buochserhorn, a 60 lb cheese that is made in the way of a Gruyère.

Alpsummer has started on Arnischwand

Posted on June 18, 2021
Alp Arnischwand
Due to the warm weather the third week of June is busy, with transhumance starting throughout the Swiss Alps. Alp Arnischwand, in the center of the country, is no exception. The cows enjoy their first grazing on the pastures.

No-one is too small to love a goat

Posted on May 10, 2021
Alp Satteleggli
Little goats are cute, even a baby realizes that. Just watch little Lea's reaction.

With the support of Lena

Posted on June 18, 2021
Alp Imbrig
Only a few days have passed since the Jordis went up to Imbrig, but the cheese production is already at full speed. Grandpa Ruedi is very busy, but at least he gets help from little Lena in the aging cellar, washing the cheeses. The cows give a lot of milk, because the weather has been very pleasant and the meadows are in full bloom.

No hike for the weak

Posted on June 08, 2021
Alp Botchenalp
Every hike up to the mountains (Alpaufzug) is different, depending on the terrain. When the Amacher family moves from the Unterstafel to Botchenalp, it's a move that is not for the weak. The narrow path is steep and asks a lot from the cows. But on the video you can see the animals' excitement when they are let go to graze.

Inspection of the Alp

Posted on May 14, 2021
Alp Imbrig
Winter was not willing to release his grip on the Swiss Alps. So when the Jordi family took a trip to Alp Imbrig on Sunday it was to assess the situation. "There is still quite some snow up there", says Martin, "however on the green patches the first crocus flowers are blooming!" Hence the start of the Alp summer is not too far away. Of course, the Jordis did not just go up there to inspect the ch

Preparing transhumance

Posted on June 08, 2021
Alp Botchenalp
A lot of work is required to prepare an Alp for transhumance. Winter has left his traces, rocks on the meadows, paths destroyed or blocked by fallen trees. And then there's the strenous task to fence the pastures. On Botchenalp above the Lake Brienz they started the preparation mid May. The dog excited and in full anticipation of his summer days on the Alp.

The first liters of Alp milk in the cauldron

Posted on June 17, 2021
Alp Jänzimatt
The middle of June is also starting point for transhumance in Switzerland. Adrian and Heidi Riebli moved the animals to Jänzimatt where the meadows are already in good shape. For Adrian, the cheesemaker, it is always something special to see the first milk of the Alp season in his cauldron. A week from now, on Thursday night, June 24, he will make is first wheels of Vollmondkäse during the night

A wonderful summer day

Posted on June 14, 2021
Alp Botchenalp
A week has passed since transhumance started on Botchenalp. The first real summer weather reached Switzerland on the weekend. And the animals enjoyed the warm conditions and the plentyful pastures. Alex Amacher has started to make cheeses. On the picture he washes the "Botchen-Chnubel", a special sort of a "Mutschl" - a small and relatively soft cheese.

The goats are on Rainhütten

Posted on June 17, 2021
Alp Rainhütten
Unpleasent spring weather has also been the problem in the northeastern part of Switzerland. Hence it was not before Wednesday, June 16, that Beni and Theresa Hollenstein were able to move their goats, 107 on the count, to Alp Rainhütten. In the coming days they will be joined by 35 heifers. There will be a lot of animals on Rainhütten anyways: 8 pigs for meat production, 9 chickens plus a rooster
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