Acquired: Bred animal myself
Posted Sep 24, 2013
Growing up in the Alps, I might say I was born with skies on my feet and the first animal I saw was a Braunvieh ;-)
They are very gentle and friendly animals, and when you respect them they will love you. They have a huge tongue and they love to lick, so watch out! Actually it is the desire for salt but it is still fun, especially for kids. Another fun thing is to actually ride a cow, which is not recommended for the inexperienced, but once you spot a friendly, usually older cow, it can easily be done without much resistance. In summer, a big percentage of Braunvieh spends their time higher up in the mountains, at so-called "Alms", where they are left somewhat unattended, grazing away until the first snow in September. Then it's time to march home down to the valley floor, and this is actually quite a festive event, with flowery dressings on their heads (see the picture as well). A very recilient and high quality cattle with lots of tradition. Might seem macabre, but makes sense: each animal is given a unique number at birth, marked at the ear, and you can trace your piece of meat in the grocery store all the way back to the farm where it was raised, at least that's the case in Austria.