Cleaning up

Posted on September 18, 2020
Alp Maran

In the third week of September, the animals have left the 4 Alps that deliver their milk to the Sennerei Maran. The meadows are completely grazed since in 2020 there was a very early start of transhumance. The weather however is still nice and warm in the ski resort of Arosa – ideal for the farmers to clean up, break the fences down, and secure the places for the winter….

Impressions from Nünenen

Posted on September 15, 2020
Alp Nünenen

The days are getting shorter, the meadows are thinned out – at the end of the week the animals will leave Alp Nünenen for good. So it’s the perfect time to look back: It’s the end of a perfect day on Alp Nünenen. The goats have fun. True love…

Leaving Charetalp behind

Posted on September 14, 2020
Alp Charetalp

As autumn has announced itself and snow has made the first visits in the higher altitudes, transhumance ends and the animals move down to their winter home. It was certainly time to do so on Charetalp: The Betschart family took their sheep and goat herds down the mountain trail. Of course, the chalet and the other buildings have to be prepared for the winter. The meadows are grazed, the horses…

Moving to the lower meadows

Posted on September 13, 2020
Alp Botchenalp

The Amacher family has left Botchenalp on the weekend and moved the animals to the lower meadows where they will stay for a while. Only the cows that gave birth and are “dry” – meaning they don’t provide milk anymore – have been moved to the winter home in Brienz. The cheese cellar has been cleared as well and the wheels brought down to the village. A last glimpse back…

Only the heifers remain on Imbrig

Posted on September 12, 2020
Alp Imbrig

In the majestic Bernese Alps summer has come to an end as well. Family Jordi has moved the cows down to Zäziwil. Only the heifers stay on Alp Imbrig a bit longer. But soon they will follow, too. It was a very successful “Alpsömmerung”, Ruedi Jordi has made a lot of cheese thanks to the mostly perfect conditions from June to September. Walking home on a very foggy day. Lena…

“Alpabfahrt” on Laui

Posted on September 11, 2020
Alp Laui

Also on Alp Laui on the Stoos mountain, the summer has ended. Alois “Wisel” Fassbind and his family hiked down with the cows on a beautiful September day. Whilst the animals are gone, the chalet – and especially the restaurant – are still open. In the winter, the skiers rest here and taste Wisel’s “Chässchnitte”, an open melted cheese sandwich. The dish is world-famous, as the Coop Newspaper with 250,000…

It’s time to go home

Posted on September 09, 2020

The summer started early in 2020, and it was a hot and successful one. But the Alp meadows can only give so much, and at some point transhumance has to end and it’s time to go (to the winter) home. Hence the operations on Alp Rainhütten and Alp Fählen in the northeastern Alps have already moved down to the valley. And also on Alp Laui and Alp Imbrig transhumance is…

Postcards from Ruosalp

Posted on September 09, 2020
Alp Ruosalp

Fall is coming, the end of transhumance 2020 is near. On Ruosalp, the Hergers and all the animals are enjoying the last wonderful summer days. Pictures for postcards. On September 15, the heifers will go down to the valley and their owners. The cows and other animals will follow six days later.

The postponed fiesta

Posted on September 05, 2020
Alp Botchenalp

Last spring the new barn construction in the Amacher’s winter home in Brienz was completed. However, the planned fiesta for all the helpers had to be canceled, or better, postponed due to COVID-19. Now, on the first weekend of September, the family took a trip from Botchenalp to Brienz and the feast finally took place. With all the goodies the crew had a great time. The guests are arriving. Last…

“My horns are growing”

Posted on September 02, 2020
Alp Satteleggli

“Do you recognize me? Yes, it’s me, your Petit Suisse. I’ve grown quite a bit, and so did my horns. Aren’t they beautiful? Pretty soon I will get another ‘wooden yoke’ to make sure they grow in style. Since the flies don’t bother us that much anymore, my friends and I are able to stay outside during the day as well. We really enjoy that. The cows have already moved…

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