Even though the snow melts, cows are rarely seen out in the fields before May. I guess so the fields aren’t overgrazed or torn up by hooves as the haycrop grows. Here haylage had taken over from hay as the main winter fodder as its is more quickly harvested. Saying that, some farmers are still cutting into October when there is no goodness in it and its full of water. The older farms still cut hay and take it away in wagons to be stored lose in the barns…..I digress.
But I feel that summer is really begining when I see the first trailer filled with cows being taken onto the alms. You see the heads lifted to sniff the air, they know flipping well where they are going-summer holiday- Trouble is I have yet to catch a shot of a trialer to show you. This is also the easy option, tkaing them up the hills, quite a lot are made to walk down at the end of the season. This of course is celebrated with the Almabtrieb where you can see the cows with hugeheadresses marched along the village streets, followed by beer and sausage for the farmer, but not a lot for the cows unless they get a swipe at the headdress!