Hi there, we are Christa Kälin and Meiri Fässler and live above Feusisberg in the Miltenweid at the foot of the mountain Etzel. The road to our house is known throughout the village for its 32% gradient. Without a 4×4 drive you have no chance! And in winter sometimes we also have to walk home. With us live also nearly 100 sporty ewes with appendix. In spring, when it gets warmer, and in autumn, when they come from the alp, we remove their wool. Fortunately, the shearing is done by specialists who, thanks to New Zealand experience, only need two minutes per sheep.
Luckily, we can sell the wool again now. In the past this was not always the case, because there were times when you even had to pay for the disposal of the wool. Today we receive between 30 and 90 centimes per kilo, depending on the quality. The raw material is then shipped abroad for further processing. One part, for example, is used as natural insulation in construction.
In addition to wool, our sheep also supply meat. This is particularly good due to the daily gymnastics in steep terrain. The lamb gigots, lamb saddles and many fine sausages end up in specialist shops. We also need a part for ourselves.
What increasingly occupies us are the many dog owners, who let their four-legged friend run freely despite legally prescribed leash obligation. But the worst thing for our sheep is when people don’t pick up after their dog. Unfortunately, we have already lost a dozen animals that had dog excrement in their food and therefore perished miserably. We hope that in the future the walkers will be more aware of this problem and will not forget that we farmers love our animals too.
If you would like to spend a day with us, e.g. to experience the shearing of sheep or simply to test their fitness, we would be very happy to welcome you. You can also contact us if you are interested in our fresh lamb. See you soon! 🙂