Hérens cows instinctively fight in order to set the hierarchy within the herd. This behaviour can be seen during the summer months on the mountain pastures, but also during organised cow fighting events.
Eliminatory legs are organised in autumn and in spring in various regions in the Valais. The best cows are qualified for the national grand final, which takes place every year in May in Aproz (Nendaz). Injuries are very rare during these fights.
This event has become an event not-to-be-missed in the Valais. It represents a true link between the farmers and the public from here and elsewhere, and is always attended in great numbers. The competition is transmitted live by the Swiss national television.
For a breeder, who has prepared his animals with patience and determination throughout the long winter, seeing his prize cow crowned Queen is an absolute honour. Passion, and authenticity are the key words in this event.
Date: on the 5th and the 6th of May 2018
More information on the official website