Sunday Stills the Next Challenge: Cow Differences between Switzerland and Australia

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

In Gruyere and other parts of Switzerland the paddocks are so green and lush that paddock seems to be the incorrect term to use to describe them. Rather they are alpine meadows. These cows are dairy cows and are fed on grass in the summer and hay in the winter producing gallons of rich creamy milk. This is lucky as each round of Gruyere cheese weighing 35 kg  needs 400 litres of fresh milk. How green is this valley and others in Switzerland. So different from Australia.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

In Australia, mostly our paddock look dry. When green they are not the bright lush green of Switzerland but a rather coarser green. These cows are not cows at all but steers destined for meat production.

In response to Ed’s Sunday Stills challenge.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. Commenced a masters by research in 2014.
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14 Responses to Sunday Stills the Next Challenge: Cow Differences between Switzerland and Australia

  1. The green, green grasses at home. Around the South Coast of NSW there are some very green meadows as well. The cows, mainly Angus and for milk of course some Friessians as well. Great photos

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    • Thanks. Of course you are right. I remember finding Dame Zara’s town (Tilba Tilba?) very lush and green. I have been in the dryer country for too long although going on the weather today and yesterday that road pictured is probably awash as it was only thirty kms from Stoud and not much further to Dungog.

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  2. Beautiful photos of the scenery, as well as the cows. I could almost smell the fresh air 🙂

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  3. TanGental says:

    Now did you see any cow fighting in Switzerland? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cow_fighting It has to be the dullest sport on the planet. Two huge alpine cows put their heads together and try and push. The one that gives up first often after ages of waiting loses. Snail racing has more adrenaline.

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  4. I lived in an alpine village and there was a ceremonial event when the cows were brought down from the high meadows. The cows were dressed up and brought through the villages and there was a festive atmosphere.

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  5. Charli Mills says:

    I think Gruyere and my mind is on cheese. Now I see why it is so tasty! After these photos, Australia looks dry and dusky green. More like the arid parts of the US west.

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