Adopt a cow from the flock of "Hofsennerei Besler" in Oberstdorf (Germany) and receive your Allgäuer mountain cheese PDO at home. Ramona will take care of your adoption and take its picture. You will also be able to download the adoption certificate, and if you wish, plan your visit to the farm. As the production coming from one cow is big, the adoption is shared among various people. If you wish to have a bigger share, you may adopt more than once. You do not enter into any long-term commitment: once you have received your Allgäuer mountain cheese PDO and enjoyed the experience, you may decide to renew and extend the adoption.
You adopt a cow from our farm in Oberstdorf (Germany). In our herd you will find only cows with horns: Brown Swiss cows and a few Simmertal Fleckvieh cows, but also endangered breeds such as Tyrolean Grey and Swiss Original Braunvieh. At Besler’s “the cow's pure well-being” is our number one priority, which is why it goes without saying that our cows are kept as species-appropriately as possible. It is particularly important to us that they are allowed to keep their horns and behave in a way that meets their natural needs. That's why in 2015 we built a new free stall barn. This allows our cows freedom of movement in line with organic regulations and daily exercise even in winter. Special aspects of the barn planning included the space requirements for cows with horns and the consideration of cows’ natural behavior. In order for the animals to give good milk, and because they eat up to 100kg of grass in 6 to 8 hours a day, cows need up to 12 hours of rest to digest. We attach great importance to the fact that our cows are allowed to keep their horns. In this way, we do justice to their nature. They can live out their species-appropriate social behavior and have plenty of space and exercise available. And the better the cow’s well-being, the tastier and more tolerable the milk becomes. In summer, our cows graze daily in lush mountain meadows and our young cattle (our cows of tomorrow, so-to-speak) on alpine pastures at an altitude of up to 2000m. In the winter we feed our own quality hay. We generally refrain from feeding silage and genetically-modified feed. Because we use herbal and alternative healing methods, only a minimal use of antibiotics is necessary on our farm. On average our cows live about 7-8 years. Our oldest cow was Britta and she spent 17 years at our farm. Your adoption has a productive life of around 8 years. For as long as you want to keep it and we can continue taking care of it, you can renew your adoption year after year. If your adoption dies, we will replace it with no additional cost assuring the delivery of your products from others. When it’s time to say goodbye to a cow, it is accompanied until the end by my father-in-law Hans. After a short, stress-free transport, it is processed into sausages by the local butcher. Your adoption produces an average of 9000l of cow's milk each season. With this amount we can produce around 900kg of Allgäuer mountain cheese PDO. In order for a cow to give milk for a long time, it must calve about once a year, similar to what would happen in the wild. We raise the female animals as offspring. But we also take responsibility for our male 'brother calves' and fatten them on the farm instead of selling them into the unknown on the calf market. 150 CrowdFarmers share an adoption who receive a box with 3kg of Allgäuer mountain cheese PDO.
Each season we will send you a box with: 3 kilograms of mountain cheese from cows with horns - for connoisseurs, purists, cow lovers and all-rounders. 3 x __mild Allgäuer mountain cheese PDO__ (each approx. 500g, vacuum-packed) 3 x __spicy Allgäuer mountain cheese PDO__ (each approx. 500g, vacuum-packed) Our harvest box contains at least 3kg of cheese. Since we cut everything by hand, the weight per piece can vary slightly. The mild mountain cheese has matured for 3 months and has been cared for lovingly by hand. It has a delicate, tender flavour. The spicy mountain cheese is at least 5 months old and much more aromatic. Our mountain cheeses are naturally lactose-free and have a natural rind that is only salted. With undamaged vacuum packaging and refrigeration both cheeses have a shelf life of 2 months. After opening the packaging, they will keep in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks. If white milk mold should develop (a completely natural process), it can simply be rubbed or sliced off. __Every day cheese:__ Our mountain cheese is an all-rounder. It not only tastes delicious with a sandwich or as a snack, but also melted or baked. For example, with our traditional dish the Allgäuer Kässpatzen. __About the production__: The fresh hay and pasture milk flows directly from the milking parlour into the cheese kettle. This is a particularly gentle process, as it does not have to be re-pumped. Seven days a week, my brother-in-law Johannes processes the valuable raw milk into mountain cheese using only natural rennet and cheese culture. It is then regularly cared for in our cellar and matures naturally without chemical additives. Each wheel of our raw milk cheese is unique and due to its naturalness has different taste nuances depending on weather and pasture. Ingredients: Pasture milk from our cows (raw), cheese culture, calf rennet, salt.
When will you receive it?
Our cows give milk all year round. You can extend your adoption twice a year and receive your mountain cheese box in autumn and spring.