The drought ended transhumance on Malbun

The Rhine valley inmidst the Eastern Swiss Alps was one region most affected by the heatwave and drought this summer. And therefore it shortened transhumance on Alp Malbun by about a month. “The rain that finally came at the end of last week wasn’t enough”, says Margrit Abderhalden. There was no grass left for the animals so they moved the operation back to the valley. There they finally got some…

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Maran still going strong

Finally, we have some cooler weather. Although up here in Arosa the drought situation was not as bad as in most parts of Switzerland. Therefore we still get about 3300 l (870 gl) of milk every day and produce around 60 wheels of Alpkäse Maran. July was a very busy and strenous month. Due to the hot weather we sold about 2200 lbs of yoghurt every week! And we also…

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An uneventful day

It’s 6 o’clock in the morning, and, actually, I would have time to write for the blog again and to some office paperwork. Since I’m in a later stage of pregnancy I currently don’t do the stable work. But there’s a problem: I’ve never been very creative early in the morning. Without the milking it’s not quite the same. On the good side of things I don’t have to get…

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Happy days on Satteleggli

The transition from July to August brought happy days and memories to the Reichenbach family on Alp Satteleggli in the Bernese Alps. Son Bruno and his fiancée Tabea had their wedding on July 28. Only three days later grandson was born, another grandson for Ernst and Theres. And for the 1. August celebrations a niece with her three children visited Satteleggli for 3 days. The twins, Noémi and Levin, will…

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A summer unlike others

It’s been 1 1/2 months since we visited Alp Trosen. In the meantime the Knaus family has moved up to Alp Flies on about 6000 ft. “In the beginning there was a lot of grass”, says Luzia Knaus. “The cows still have enough to feed on, however with the drought no new grass is growing.” The water supply has become a problem. “There’s only little spring water left, so we…

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