100 Years of Beauty

Cow Shows of Schangnau

The cow shows of Schangnau have long been known not just for their animals but also the people they bring together twice a year, and the first cooperative in this valley can be traced back to the early 1900s. In those days you could never reach the maximum score of 100 points, but if your cow got to the mid-90s it was excellent. This system of ranking changed in the 1990s.

Behind what makes a cow beautiful are some earthy concerns over its health and its ability to make milk. A big chest means there is a large space for the heart, and a bigger heart can pump more blood and the cow makes more milk. A big stomach translates into more eating and more nutrients and more milk. Good feet mean it can walk to its grass and not lie down with foot problems. Good udders are big and hard before milking, and small and light after. And they should be in an equal line to the stomach and not hang too low. Bulging veins in the udder mean good blood flow. And the back should have a gradient, while the backside should slope gently, but not too much.

Everyone has a favorite. Veronika of Schönisey has Strubeli, Hans Klötzli has Arve, Cornelia has Marina. And Bärnu, whose family is famous for their expertise with Simmental? Well, he obviously seems to prefer Rita…

Bärnu obviously prefers Rita…