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The Queen of the Valais

The Hérens breed of cattle is a true symbol of mountain life in the Valais region.

Robust and well adapted to our climate, the Hérens cow is an excellent walker and moves easily over rough terrain. We find this breed mostly in the Valais but also in the Val d'Aoste. These cows are doted with a lively temperament and a rebellious character. They fight each other instinctively to set the hierarchy within the herd.

Every spring, while they are moved up to the mountain grazing, they fight fiercely among themselves, horns against horns. This natural aptitude gave birth to the organisation of "combats de reines " (cow fighting meetings), which attract every year numerous breeders and passionate spectators.

The protection and breeding of this unique Alpine breed of cattle represents true added value to the agriculture and tourist industries as well to the culture of the Valais region.

Life in the Alps

Come and meet the famous fighting cows in their summer quarters and learn how we make the famous Raclette cheese. Discover the daily life of the herdsmen and the cows.

  • In July and in August, please refer to the weekly activity programme
  • Meeting point : at 6.30 am at Nendaz Tourisme with your own car
  • Duration : 4 hours
  • Price : CHF 15 adult and CHF 10 child
  • Visit : raclette cheese making process, breakfast and discovery of the daily life of the herdsmen, the cows and the cheesemaker at the mountain pasture of Balavaux
  • Information and reservation at Nendaz Tourisme +41 (0) 27 289 55 89
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