|Sertigtaal, near Davos, Switzerland|
|Grazing cows in the Sertigtaal near Davos|
Nowadays, there are mobile milking machines or milking wagons that make use of a generator for getting the electricity. With the installation i visited, 10 cows can be milked simultaneously. It takes about one hour to milk the 50 cows. The milk is directly transferred to a cooling container.
|the mobile milking installation (milking wagon) for 5 cows, two of them are in use|
|the milking wagon from the side, the farmers stands in between the two "milking wagon" where the cows are standing for getting milked|
The farmer does not live in the Alps anymore. Thanks to the good road he can come with is car every morning and evening. He also carries back the milk to the Valley where it will be processed into cheese. Because Alp milk has a special taste and gives particularly good cheese, the milk from the Alps is processed separately to produce Alp cheese, which can be sold above the average cheese price.
|in front the tank to bring the milk to the Valley, in the the back the generator|
To make it more profitable 6 farmers decided to work together and bring 200 cows of which 50 are dairy cows to the Alps and are managed by one. These dairy cows give an average of 15 litter milk per day and are fed on the alpine grass only.
|the generator and the fuel tank|
Great to see that even very old traditions can be maintained and modernized!