Saturday 24 October, 2020

PHOTOS: COVID or no COVID, the cattle parade must go on!

Bavarian mountain farmer Petra paused for a swig of beer as she returns her cattle from summer pastures across Lake Königssee near Berchtesgaden, Germany. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Bavarian mountain farmer Petra paused for a swig of beer as she returns her cattle from summer pastures across Lake Königssee near Berchtesgaden, Germany. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Each fall the Resch family bring their cows down from Alpine pastures before the cold weather sets in, and each year the crowd of tourists coming to watch the traditional Bavarian spectacle grows bigger.

Not this year.

Pandemic travel restrictions meant the celebratory return of the herd Friday was more muted than usual, as visitors from Asia and the Americas stayed away.

COVID or no COVID, the cattle parade must go on!

That didn’t stop the Resch’s from welcoming the 15 cows and herdswoman Petra, who had spent the summer in the mountains with the herd, with beer, schnapps and music.

After leading the cows down from the pastures to Lake Königssee near Berchtesgadener Land.

The well-fed animals were draped with flowers and loaded onto a ferry to take them back home to the farm for winter.

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