Cow | © Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen | Photographer: Frank Drechsel

18 Sep. 2015 · Summer Activities
Carolin Schratt

Four Moos in a Row – Analysing Different Types of Cow

We have been observing cows in the Alps for the whole summer. We have collected and evaluated data and finally analysed four different types of cow.

Whether you spot them on the alps or in the valley, these four types of cow are easy to recognise anywhere ... why not set off on a research expedition yourself in Kleinwalsertal?

Cow | © Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen | Photographer: Frank Drechsel

The Smart One

As she is fitted with a GPS device, she can get separated a short distance away from the rest of the herd without any need for concern. How can she possibly get lost? She can be tracked down in the remotest corner of the alp thanks to the GPS device she is wearing and she can be reunited with her owner at any time by means of the tag in her ear. She can sometimes be tracked down via photos taken by hikers – she doesn’t mind posing for a selfie at all!

Gourmet hut Gemstel Schönesboden | © Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen

The Grass Connoisseur

She only looks for the juiciest spot with the tastiest alpine flowers and the best views. During August when the slopes become more barren and the flowers begin to wilt, she puckers her mouth and grumbles about the bitter taste. If she manages to chew on something particularly tasty, it is possible to hear her moo with pleasure right down in the valley.

Cows on the Alp | © Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen | Photographer: Frank Drechsel

The Social One

She is happiest when she can trot behind her bovine companions and she feels most at home with the herd. Whether on the way to the water trough or to a tranquil little spot, she is a loyal companion and an entertaining friend. The other cows always have something to laugh about when they are with her, however, they are also happy when night falls and she stops mooing.

Cow at the Walser Trail Challenge | © Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen | Photographer: Dominik Berchtold

The Sporty One

Higher, further and more dangerous. Her athletic physique ensures that she does not shy away from difficult ascents or narrow ridges. She is completely unafraid of heights. Her daredevil excursions have often caused a degree of unease among her fellow grass munchers, yet she repeatedly and confidently manages to find her way back to the herd. 

Altkühe  | © Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen

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