Wednesday, September 25, 2019

To Be the Queen of Queens in Switzerland

Die Tiere können ab einem Alter von zweieinhalb Jahren am Ringkuhkampf teilnehmen. Ihr Gewicht beträgt zwischen 400 und 900 Kilo.
Future Queen of Queens
Switzerland, oh Switzerland. 

People contemplate Switzerland and immediately envision snow, mountains, cheese fondue, watches, chocolate and lots of other stuff, just like every other country. But, one is discounting a key factor in Switzerland's economy:

Bovines

Perhaps one of the strangest festivals involving cows is Annual Cow Fighting, beginning in March, lasting through September. Cows will spend the summer roaming and eating in the pastures, making delightful creamy milk that turns into magical cheese. So they have some time to fight.

All cows are naturally bossy and territorial, loving a good cow fight. Locking formidable horns, wrestling around a bit, until the loser gives up. Being muscular and easily riled, this breed appears like it could rip guts out. Mooing louder and apparently scary, the battle is mostly push and shove.


Hérens  breed is the cow of choice because they are particularly feisty and temperamental breed. This breed battles well, with its owner hoping to capture the prestigious title, Queens of Hérens.

From March to September, battles are held all around Switzerland, attracting tens of thousands of spectators. the final tournament will result the crowning of the Queen of Queens. The prize is one of those humongous ornate cowbell. Then any offspring will be sold for a big hunking price at an auction.


The Queens of the Queen at the Combat des Reines
The winners

To access the interesting sites, please click on the colored and maybe underlined captions beneath the photos or in the text. These are fascinating sites, truly.

These amaze me, delight me, and give me an appreciation of the history of a country. 


Just you wait to see the Exploding Snowman. You will love it.

30 comments:

  1. To hell with bull fighting -- this is better and no one dies!

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    1. It is well attended. Cows have a strong place in the economy.

      I would love to see one of these!

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  2. Thanks for posting this. We drove thru Switzerland on a whirlwind drive of Europe. I love the country, but to be honest only one night was spent there, too expensive. One night in the hotel was more than 5 nights in France or Germany. LOL
    Anyway I loved it and maybe should have found a less expensive town in the country.. I do not even remember the name of the city. LOL.
    But this is very interesting, and as mentioned we did see the bulls killed and nearly a matador in Spain.

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    1. We use AirBnb when we visit Switzerland. The costs of everything in Switzerland is so high.

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  3. How interesting. I really enjoyed learning something tonight. I'd never heard of this, but I sure enjoyed it. And to think the winner gets a big cow bell, too!

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  4. Hooray for celebrating feisty females. There should be more of it.

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    1. I think you and I both are known for our feistiness.

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  5. i want to visit there someday dear Susan :)
    i don't like fighting of any kind honestly
    festivals are always fun to participate

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    1. In some remote mountains, the Swiss have to make their own entertainment. Cows are precious sources of income. So, the Swiss would keep them from hurting each other.

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  6. I would never go and watch animals fighting, as Baili said I don't like watching fighting at all. When the sheep in the field in front of us have a go I want to go in the field and break them up. I suppose it reminds me of my violent mother. Sigh.

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    1. Sigh, indeed. Most conflicts like this is brief and not deadly. Now, the bulls, on the other hand...

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  7. Interesting stuff. I have never been to Switzerland but I would like to get there at some point. I will be sure to try to catch some cow fighting!

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    1. They are there from March through September. then, they are herded up to the mountains and barns for the winter.

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  8. Never knew about it. Might be interesting to see, not sure I can get behind animals fighting though.

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  9. I’ve been walking in Swiss meadows, driven to distraction by the incessant ringing of their bells, but never knew about their fighting 🤗

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  10. I have raised calves and been around cows a lot and never seen females fight. For sure it must be the breed.

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    1. this breed is known for its tendency to take on other cows.

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  11. I agree, it gives one a different feeling of country, heritage and history. But oh, I hate to see the fighting! I never knew that one!

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  12. The Swiss are an interesting people.

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  13. What a strange little tradition. But I suppose being a cow might rile one up.

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    1. I would hate to have one looking me in the eye.

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  14. It reminds me of bull sumo in Japan, but they let the males push each other until one is pushed out of a ring.

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  15. I never heard of this sport, or this breed of cow! My husband went to Switzerland for his job, and he didn't mention it, either. I guess it's Switzerland's best-kept secret!

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  16. With the prize being a big cowbell, my first thought was, "Does Blue Oyster Cult play at halftime?"

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!