As a cattle drive, transhumance, regional and Désalpe ( Switzerland ) or Viehscheid (Allgäu ), is referred to in the Alpine region, the transfer of cattle from the mountain pastures ( pastures ) into the valley, where it spends the winter in the stables of the farms. The cattle drive is timed by the lack of grass growth or cold spells, and is regionally different between mid-September and mid-October.
Is the alpine summer for humans and animals run without fatal accidents, the herds are in many areas decorated elaborately for the output, and the cattle drive connected with music and dance events. These festivals were earlier in September or October the conclusion of the Almlebens. For the headdress of the animals are traditionally the Almrausch ( Alpenrose ) or used mountain pine, as well as the silver thistle and silk flowers. A special role is played by the Kranzkuh, which traditionally leads the flock on their way to the local stables. She receives an unusually large headdress, is elaborately woven of twigs, flowers, grasses and ribbons in the form of a crown. Most of the wreath shows a cross, which is pleading for the protection of heaven, as well as mirrors and bells to ward off evil spirits.
Today, this custom is celebrated in many places become a specialties (Alma noodles) tourist attraction.
In early summer, usually at Pentecost the subsequent uplift occurred, but without any special events.
At Community pastures takes place after the cattle drive in the Valley of the so-called cattle drive, in which the animals are returned to their owners.
The Allgäu is, the cattle drive cattle drive, but mostly the locals simply speaks from Schaid.