Visiting the Hexenwasser "as the cows’ guest"
It's all about the "cool" cow!
I have so much to thank cows for or, to be more precise, cattle, bulls, cows and calves. In addition to providing all sorts of food such as milk, butter, yoghurt, cheese, sausage and meat, they also make a major contribution to thebeautiful mountain landscape, which would not have been the same without the cows. They have hauled heavy loads up the mountain, grazed the pastures and fields, and made the soil fertile.
Every summer I come to visit the cows on their pastures and grazing land, without asking or being invited. But this summer these cows at the Hexenwasser get encountered in a new way. Why do cows have horns? How does a cow stand up? Does she first lift her rear or her front legs? In Hexenwasser Söll I can learn more about it.
Fortunately, cows have never been purple, as in so many fantasies inspired by the Milka chocolate bars, but they have changed over time:
The Little Cow ABC
- A young calf needs 7-10 litres of milk a day.
- A cow lives for up to 12 years.
- The mother cow carries her calf for up to 280 days.
- The average milk yield of a cow is 25 litres a day.
- The record for a dairy cow is about 90 litres a day.
A FRIENDSHIP TOO RARELY CULTIVATED...
... LOOK AT HER, WATCH HER, SAY THANK YOU TO OUR COW
This year we’ll have the opportunity to consider the cow from every angle. For example, we’ll watch the cow eating. She forms a loop with her tongue and tears off the tufts of grass. She has all sorts of eating techniques and spends an incredible amount of time eating, chewing every bite up to 70 times.
Her head and neck position send us different "messages" such as Stand still! Go away! Come closer! We have one very precise and simple piece of advice for every visitor to the Hexenwasser. What should I do when I walk across a pasture? What do I do if a cow’s standing in my way, or my dog starts barking at the cow and her calves? For us it’s important to build a new trust between cows and humans. Cows can be a really great experience!