The transhumance of sheep to Axams
Where: Axams; when: 6 September
Every year in Axams, on 6 September, it is possible to experience a tradition preserved in its original form. On this day, over 1,000 brown and white sheep return to their autumn and winter quarters from summer pastures high in the Fotscher Valley. Upon the healthy return of the animals, the people of Axams hold a big event to celebrate this exhausting "transhumance".
Transhumance is an old method of rural farming that is still practised today. It refers to animals being led to new pastures, sometimes over very long distances, and it is particularly common in the mountains. In Axams, the transhumance is referred to as the "Almabtrieb" and it takes place on the same day every year: 6 September. It is a wonderful event and an impressive display of how alpine farming is still maintained and nurtured in our modern times.