Tyrolean grey cattle
Tyrolean tradition at Ötztal
Since 100 years cows of this traditional breed stay on the farm of Family Prantl. At the beginning, grandfather Jakob Prantl senior also had Haflinger horses, pigs and goats. The horses were used for the transportation in the valley. The breed Tyrolean grey cattle is an old Austrian breed and they are used to live in the mountains.
From the valley up to the pasture
Every year at the beginning of June, the cattle hikes up from the farm in Zwieselstein into their “summer holidays” on the pasture Gampe Thaya. The hike is around 8 km and the whole Family Prantl accompanies the animals. The whole summer, the cattle stay on the pasture. Every day, in the morning and in the evening, Jakob is milking the cows. With the milk he produces great mountain cheese.
In September, when the summer is over, the animals come back down to the valley. In hard and lovely workings, Family Prantl organizes this special day. If no animal perished during the summer, the animals get decorated festively.
Festival in Zwieselstein
The ceremonial driving down of cattle down from the mountain pasture info the valley is celebrated also in the valley. At Hotel Post in Zwieselstein there is a festival with live music and local food.
Notice: On this special day, the mountain pasture Gampe Thaya is closed.
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