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Cows blocking traffic

Warning: cows have the right of way

The nerve of the local farmers herding their cars through towns and villages at this time of year. I had to wait 10 minutes in Schwyz today, driving at a snail's pace, until the herd in front of me finally took a side road.

So what if the cows are wearing Swiss flags and flowers. Who cares if the farmers are proudly sporting their manure-splattered Hirtehämlis and Edelweisshämlis while smoking their brissagos and showing off their herding skills. And if someone tells me again that the Suters and Betscharts have been doing this for countless generations, I'll scream.

In a country where every little thing runs on time and efficently, the cows still have the right of way. It almost makes me feel like I'm in India


PS: Tongue-in-cheek folks. Herding cows is quite fun and not as easy as it looks.
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Who has right of way when a herd of cows meets a herd of cows coming the other way...?
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Who has right of way when a herd of cows meets a herd of cows coming the other way...?

It never happens. They are all going the same direction. Up or down.
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In a country where every little thing runs on time and efficently, the cows still have the right of way.
to be honest, it is probably easier to give them right of way than teaching them the traffic rules
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Old 11.09.2012, 13:37
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It almost makes me feel like I'm in India
No - that can't be - no similarity (meteorolgically, at least). Anyway, what made you think this place is better (more advanced, more ..... ) than India?
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Old 11.09.2012, 13:46
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Re: Cows blocking traffic

This happened to me once, though I was encouraged by the cows collective mentality to recognise the human waiting and speed things along, as they all started shouting mooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooove to each other.....................well I sounded like they was
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Re: Cows blocking traffic

Coming from a rural place, this sort of thing is not unusual to me. I remember one time I was driving to work and there was a huge traffic jam. I don't know how long I waited in it, not moving at all, until I got out of the car. Walked a few cars down to see what was happening and I saw a very long string of ducklings crossing the road...
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Old 11.09.2012, 14:26
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Re: Cows blocking traffic

For those who haven't seen the sight yet, I offer an example. And also note that the sheep have right of way too.
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Old 11.09.2012, 14:43
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Re: Cows blocking traffic

For the newbies: this is the time of year when the cows are brought down from the Alpine pastures. Many villages have festivals. The milk taken during the summer would be made into cheese, and these can also be seen strapped onto mules and donkeys.

http://www.youtube.com/results?searc....1.xN3V5HOTIH8
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So what if the cows are wearing Swiss flags and flowers. .

I've always been slightly worried about this... in the spring time the cows are led up to the high pastures.. then in the fall they return all brushed out, wearing fancy hats and headdresses...

... just what have the farmers been doing up there?
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... just what have the farmers been doing up there?
.....brushing up the cows (however that may be interpreted) and making fancy hats & headdresses?
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Re: Cows blocking traffic

Nothing like biking round the countryside, getting your knee down on the bends, only to discover that the cows have been doing a bit of resurfacing with a non-anti-slip material.
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Warning: cows have the right of way



PS: Tongue-in-cheek folks. Herding cows is quite fun and not as easy as it looks.
From personal experience, I agree that it is not as easy as it looks. After all that time up in the high pastures the cows finally come into town and are looking for some excitement.

Seriously, when 500 kg of cow wants to go the wrong way it takes some convincing. And they do not understand that they should not use their horns in town.
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Re: Cows blocking traffic

This morning I arrived late to work. I had two tractors hauling cattle in front of me. After many curves and swear words, I finally managed to pass them only to come to a halt five minutes later due to...... a herd of cows in the road. So I waited impatiently, driving at a snail's pace. After passing them, I thought I was home free but no.... the next herd stopped me in my tracks.

The town of Schwyz was a madhouse today with cows going wild through parking lots and young farmer kids running after them. Roads were blocked and the farmers had control of the village. It was a Bauern Sonntag in Schwyz today... the traditional Vieh Ausstellung (cow show.) I missed the traditional 2 o'clock parade but I'm sure Miss Schön Euter had all eyes on her.
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Re: Cows blocking traffic

You were lucky, Austrian sheep brake for no man.
http://derstandard.at/1347493275366/...g---mit-Videos
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Who has right of way when a herd of cows meets a herd of cows coming the other way...?
the cows
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I've always been slightly worried about this... in the spring time the cows are led up to the high pastures.. then in the fall they return all brushed out, wearing fancy hats and headdresses...

... just what have the farmers been doing up there?
happy cow... happy farmer... lots of milk... you do the math
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Re: Cows blocking traffic

Go to India.
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Warning: cows have the right of way

The nerve of the local farmers herding their cars through towns and villages at this time of year. I had to wait 10 minutes in Schwyz today, driving at a snail's pace, until the herd in front of me finally took a side road.

So what if the cows are wearing Swiss flags and flowers. Who cares if the farmers are proudly sporting their manure-splattered Hirtehämlis and Edelweisshämlis while smoking their brissagos and showing off their herding skills. And if someone tells me again that the Suters and Betscharts have been doing this for countless generations, I'll scream.

In a country where every little thing runs on time and efficently, the cows still have the right of way. It almost makes me feel like I'm in India


PS: Tongue-in-cheek folks. Herding cows is quite fun and not as easy as it looks.
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Re: Cows blocking traffic

I love the cows, whether they are in the mountains or on the roads.

That said, I met a bunch today on the road and have two lovely 30 cm long scratches on my car. Love the cows, hate the fu©king cowbells.
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Re: Cows blocking traffic

The Chinese restaurant nearby will happily assist you with wheeling away any roadkill:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...rbage-bin.html
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