Our neighbours,who are farmers and cheese makers, have a herd of Abondance cows.
This breed originally come from the French Alps, and take their name from the town of Abondance near the Swiss border.
We happened to visit there on a brief holiday to the Alps in August. It was pouring rain that day, but for the dairy farmers out there, you might find these photos and this breed interesting - well known for its hardiness, and its capacity to produce good milk yields and good beef.
They went up for what is known as the 'estive' - mountain summer grazing back at the end of May but will be down and around between 15th and 20th September I think.
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