Our farm is managed as a family farm. The family or “company Brun”, as we sometimes call ourselves for fun, includes the parents Irene and Karl Brun as well as Franziska, Martina and Dominik. Our farm is located in the UNESCO Biosphere Entlebuch and comprises 29 hectares of agricultural land, 12 hectares of pasture and 23 hectares of forest. We do dairy farming and cattle rearing. The raised cattle later become proper milk cow or leave the farm as pregnant cattle towards another herd. Our dairy cows are brown, the future suckler cows have different colors, so our herd of cattle is quite colorful.
The farm is managed as a step-by-step operation. The animals are used to reining and are happy to go up to the mountain with us in spring and come back to the valley in autumn. The youngest (cattle aged 6 months to 2 years) spend the summer on the Alp Oberschwand at the foot of the Schimbrig in the municipality of Hasle. Compared to other Swiss Alps, our Alp is small and manageable. Around 12 of our cattle and 1 to 2 Galtcows spend the summer in Oberschwand. The Alp also includes nature reserves, on which the conservation of biodiversity is an important issue. The nature reserves are part of the pasture. Around 6 hectares are used as cuts. In general, the nature reserves require a lot of care.
Since the reconstruction of the mountain hut in 2000, it is possible to get an insight into the mountain life in our hut: From the cosy life to the intense working experience, everything is there. We expertly introduce you to the life in the alps. Depending on the season, it is possible to tackle the conservation areas when creating the fences, during grazing or during the hay harvest. Mountain life also includes the daily running of cattle. In return, the mountain hut can be inhabited for 14 days or more. Excursions in the Entlebuch region should not be missed, of course.
The many encounters with the families, pensioners and all other adventurers who want to experience the mountain life are always a great enrichment for our family. And we look forward to many more encounters – maybe with you?
Don’t hesitate and get in touch with us for the adventure in the swiss mountains !