Cows in alpine meadows Jungfrau region June 18?

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Mikereynolds
Mikereynolds
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Jun 11, 2019 - 1:08 PM

Hello,

We will be in the Jungfrau region from 18-22 June. Does anyone know if (or when) the cows have been moved to the high alpine meadows? Or areas where they may be during our visit?

Thanks

1960man
1960man
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Jun 11, 2019 - 9:45 PM in reply to Mikereynolds

I was in the Berner Oberland (in the Kander valley south of Spiez) in April, and I heard a cocopheny of bells - I looked up onto the hillside opposite and the cows had just been let out of their barn into the field for the first time of the year . Its great fun to watch (I've seen it at Easter before when sitting outside a holiday chalet near Zweisimmen).

So cows will be in fields at least up to 'medium' altitude - say up to 1800m

Sharpl
Sharpl
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Jun 12, 2019 - 6:57 PM

We are here now. Cows are everywhere!

Mikereynolds
Mikereynolds
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Jun 12, 2019 - 6:57 PM

What would a trip to the alps be without the cacophony of bells!

Thanks for the input. The mountain web cams still show a lot of snow, so I wasn’t sure if/when the cows would arrive.

Does anyone have input on cows in the Murren/Gimmelwald area in particular?

thanks

mike

Nevertoolate
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Jun 12, 2019 - 10:42 PM

Question for the group: How many kilos of cheese can be produced by 10 Swiss cows during one 4month season in the mountains? (True fact related to me by hut keeper/dairy farmer in Blackenalp)--

(a) 100 kilos

(b) 500 kilos

(c) 1500 kilos

(d) 3500 kilos

Answer to come in following post.

NTL

Drtrupper
Drtrupper
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Jun 13, 2019 - 12:40 PM in reply to Mikereynolds

Mikereynolds - we were in Murren/Gimmelwald last week and there were definitely cows and sheep everywhere. Take the walk from Murren to Gimmelwald or the Lauterbrunnen valley and you’ll find them!

Nevertoolate
Nevertoolate
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Jun 13, 2019 - 1:11 PM in reply to Nevertoolate

3500 kilos.

pvonk
pvonk
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Jun 13, 2019 - 2:09 PM

That’s a little under 4 tons!

now that’s a lot of cheese. Good thing I didn’t die yesterday as I wouldn’t have known that.

Last modified on Jun 13, 2019 - 2:12 PM by pvonk
Nevertoolate
Nevertoolate
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Jun 13, 2019 - 3:58 PM

"Good thing I didn't die yesterday..."--- Thats a great line, pvonk. Mind if I use it?

Yes, that is a lot of cheese, especially for only 10 cows over a few months.

Another Swiss cow-related fact-- the large herds that you encounter roaming free at higher elevations are generally not milk-producing, as it is impractical to round them up once or twice a day for milking. For the most part, they are the young cows that are maturing. Or bulls....

pvonk
pvonk
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Jun 13, 2019 - 4:18 PM in reply to Nevertoolate

Sure, use the line all you want. I first heard it from my Swiss aunt. She had a sense of humor.

LaurelMere
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Jun 14, 2019 - 10:18 AM in reply to Drtrupper

Hopefully still there in mid July?

Annika
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Jun 15, 2019 - 5:30 AM in reply to LaurelMere

Hi LaurelMere! Do you mean whether you'll still see cows up in the meadows mid July? In that case yes, you certainly will!

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