National Geographic : 1913 Aug
ALPINE PASTURES In the spring all the cattle in Switzerland are taken up the mountain sides to pasture on the Alps.The lower Alps arevisited twice-at the beginning and end of the season-while the upper Alps receive but one visit. Hay is never mown on thetrue Alps, except inplaces which are inaccessible to the cattle. It is then called wild hay, and belongs not to the owner of the Alp, buttothe person who mows it.The pas tures lying between the farms and the Alps are not communal property and are known as Voralpen. These areseldom pastured, but thehay is mowed and carefully stored for winter use. During the winter the cattle are stabled in buildings attached tothehomesteads inthevalley.