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What do Swiss cows do in Winter?

Updated on February 26, 2012

To all the fans of my hub "Why Swiss cows wear bells"

You are probably wondering what Swiss cows are doing in winter? Well, as I told you in my hub "why Swiss cows wear bells", in summer they are going on vacation, up to the alps where they graze happily on mountain herbs that are used to manufacture "Ricola" cough sweets. In fall, the farmers herd them back down into the valley, where they run around on their green pastures. Once the snow sets in, the cows move into their cozy heated barns. They listen to their favourite music and they feed on hay. When the night sets in, they lull their calves to sleep with stories of their wonderful summer holidays. Of course, in winter the farmers take off the bells. After all, who needs fancy jewelery, when nobody is around to impress.

Every once in a while, you will see a cow nose sticking out the entrance. Just to check if spring has arrived yet. Already excited and looking forward to the next alpine holiday. After all, cows are like people!

Do cows get a cold? No, I don't think so. I guess, it's all the Ricola herbs they eat in summer, that keep them healthy.

All I can say: "In my next life I definitely want to be born as a cow"!


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      2patricias 5 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Great photos! I must confess, it has never crossed my mind to wonder what Swiss Cows do in winter.

      The countryside around this part of the world is full of sheep. They come equipped with winter coats - so no variety for them.

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      Judy Specht 5 years ago from California

      The laughing cow is hilarious. Our cow doesn't live like that, but then northern California doesn't get much snow either.