Hiking back to Urnerboden

Posted on August 20, 2020
Alp Urnerboden

Having “cleared” the upper meadows, the cows returned to Urnerboden where they will stay until the end of transhumance. It’s a long way down the Klausen-Passstrasse, therefore they started when the first sun rays appeared. The first sun rays light the flowers on the highest meadows. Towards the valley dark clouds are forming. Departure is very early in the morning. Groups form along the way. The cows are in great…

Back to school

Posted on August 19, 2020
Alp Ruosalp

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, and therefore under strict regulations, the Herger kids have gone back to school this week. And since they’re always off on Wednesday afternoon, Remo, Marina, and Lea enjoyed some chill downtime at their aunt’s swimming pool. Together with mom Monika, they stay down in the valley during the week and only spend the weekends on Ruosalp. Marina, Lea, and Remo in the pool.

Moving down to give birth

Posted on August 18, 2020
Alp Botchenalp

On Botchenalp in the Bernese Alps, transhumance is in the stage where the Amacher family expects a lot of cows to give birth. They move all the animals at the end of their pregnancy down to their winter home in Brienz to deliver the calves. It’s spacier there. For the other cows, the Botchenalp pastures are still plentiful with grass, flowers, and herbs to enjoy. Butterflies, of course, like that…

Natascha has done it: a bull

Posted on August 17, 2020
Alp Satteleggli

On Sunday morning it finally happened: Cow Natascha gave birth to a little bull, the first male calf this summer. It weighs about 50 kg (110 lbs). Since for the 2020 season calves get names starting with a “Q”, six children from the area who visited Alp Satteleggli for 3 days gave him the name “Quiril”. Sina, a girl that will help on the Alp for the next 10 days,…

A (very little) bull is born

Posted on August 16, 2020
Alp Ruosalp

A joyful day on Ruosalp: A bull was born on the pastures. The picture shows Max Herger and the mother bringing the baby bull to the chalet.

Thunderstorms brought relief

Posted on August 13, 2020
Alp Satteleggli

As stated in the last blog, water got scarce on Alp Satteleggli after an unusually dry period. Over the last week, however, several thunderstorms brought relief and the bone dry soil was thoroughly watered. The fountain is full again. Calf Princess keeps being close to everybody. But at least now she feels comfortable enough to spend the night outside with the other animals. Thunderstorms, for once welcomed. The flowers needed…

(Very) early in the morning

Posted on August 12, 2020
Alp Maran

Days start (very) early on Alp Maran during the summer months. It’s still dark outside when master cheesemaker Walter Niklaus and his crew begin their work. The cheeses made the day before are taken out of the molds and put into the brine bath. And the dairy gets a thorough cleaning. Once the sun goes up the fresh morning milk is brought and put into the big cauldron. But that’s…

Natascha’s fling with the neighbor

Posted on August 07, 2020
Alp Satteleggli

Adultery, or a little fling, is not just reserved for humans. Nine months ago, before she went to spend the summer on Alp Satteleggli, cow “Natascha” jumped the fence on her pasture in Gstaad and gave the neighboring bull a visit. The result of this brief encounter is due to be born any day! Cow Natascha, is she missing her bull friend? Natascha seems to be fine… …or is she…

Impressions from the cellar

Posted on August 04, 2020
Alp Carí

Cheesemaker Flavia has done a lot of work on Alpe Carí on the eastern slopes of the Leventina valley. Just look at the pictures from the cellar with the different stages of aging. Also, note the classic greyish rind, typical for the “Alpeggios” in the Italian speaking part of Switzerland. Three different stages of aging. The beautiful imprints. And the smaller, more delicate cheeses. A lot of shelves are full.

Lena in the middle

Posted on August 03, 2020
Alp Imbrig

The start of August has brought beautiful weather, and things are going smoothly on Alp Imbrig. Of course, a lot of times daughter Lena is the center of attention. Ruedi Jordi washes the cheeses with the icecold mountain water. Alpkäse Imbrig and Mutschli. Meringue with Alp ice cream and cream, unbelievable. Lena and Grandma. Nicely dressed.

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