The Herens cows are an ancient, traditional Valais breed with a highly combative temperament. Every spring, on the journey up to the high mountain pastures, they lock horns. The winning ‘queen’ becomes leader of the herd for the summer. This led to the development of the tradition of cow fighting, drawing many breeders and a large audience. Each cow selects her opponent, ending the fight as soon as the defeated opponent turns away. Injuries are extremely rare. At the end of the day, the undefeated cow is crowned ’queen of the queens’. The grand finale of these ’cowfights’ takes place in Aproz every year.
List of cow fights 2016
As soon as winter takes its leave cow-fighting fever takes a hold on Valais. Released from their stalls, the cows are ready to face any challengers in order to establish the hierarchy within the herd. Regional elimination heats are held from the end of March culminating in the crowning of the queen at the national final in Aproz.
From mid-June, with the annual transhumance to the alpine pastures, the summer pasture contests are held, followed by some alp contests throughout the summer and some competitions in autumn when the cows return to the plain.
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