- Title: Farmers lead cow herds down Swiss Alps for traditional descent
- Date: 30th August 2021
- Summary: KLAUSENPASS, SWITZERLAND (AUGUST 28, 2021) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF SILHOUETTES OF COWS WALKING ON ROAD IN EARLY MORNING FOR ALPINE DESCENT SIGN FOR KLAUSENPASS, FARMERS AND COWS WALKING ON ROAD FARMERS AND COWS WALKING (MUTE) DRONE SHOT OF COWS AND FARMERS WALKING, FLAGS OF SWITZERLAND AND CANTON OF URI (pron.: OO-ree) (MUTE) DRONE SHOT OF COWS WALKING VARIOUS OF FARMERS AND COWS WALKING THROUGH CLOUD (MUTE) VARIOUS DRONE SHOTS OF COWS WALKING (SOUNDBITE) (Swiss German) DAIRY FARMER, KOBI ARNOLD, SAYING: "I have 16 cows. We brought one down with the cattle truck, an older one which is 10 years old. The others walked down." (MUTE) DRONE SHOT OF COWS AND CAR ON ROAD VARIOUS OF FARMERS AND COWS WALKING ON ROAD VARIOUS OF FARMERS GUIDING COWS DOWN SLOPE (SOUNDBITE) (Swiss German) DAIRY FARMER, KOBI ARNOLD, SAYING: "For me, the descent was something special. It was their first summer up in the Alps so yes, it is special." (MUTE) DRONE SHOT OF CARS AND COWS ON ROAD CARS AND COWS ON ROAD VARIOUS OF COWS IN FIELD (SOUNDBITE) (Swiss German) DAIRY FARMER, KOBI ARNOLD, SAYING: "The cows will surely stay here for two weeks and maybe three if everything goes well, depending on the weather." KLAUSENPASS, SWITZERLAND (AUGUST 27, 2021) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF INJURED COW BEING AIRLIFTED BY HELICOPTER FOR DESCENT KLAUSENPASS, SWITZERLAND (AUGUST 28, 2021) (REUTERS) COWS GRAZING IN FIELD (MUTE) DRONE SHOT OF COWS IN FIELD, MOUNTAINS
- Embargoed: 13th September 2021 10:34
- Keywords: Alps Cows Klausenpass Switzerland airlifted by helicopter canton of Uri descent farmers
- Location: KLAUSENPASS, SWITZERLAND
- City: KLAUSENPASS, SWITZERLAND
- Country: Switzerland
- Topics: Arts/Culture/Entertainment,Europe
- Reuters ID: LVA001ESH2HY1
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- Story Text:Thousands of cows made the hours-long exodus from high up in the Swiss Alps down to lower pastures on Saturday (August 28) in the traditional descent that marks the end of the herds' summer sojourn.
About 50 farmers rang bells from 5 a.m. to guide 1,200 cattle down the Alpine mountain pass of Klausenpass, rising 1,950 metres (6,400 feet) above sea level.
The cows have spent seven weeks high up in the Alps before the trip, which lasts about five hours. Injured cows which could not take part in the procession were airlifted by helicopter to lower pastures on Friday (August 27).
Dairy farmer Kobi Arnold, who has been participating in the bovine parade for three years, joined the trip with his herd of 15 beasts, which will now graze in pastures in the the Urnerboden area.
"The cows will surely stay here for two weeks and maybe three if everything goes well, depending on the weather," he said.
(Production: Arnd Wiegmann, Ardee Napolitano)
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