I have to say I did not see as many sheep as I expected, I don't think the farmers had brought them up to the high pastures.
This lamb and ewe are Tiroler Bergschaf breed. (Tyrolean Mountain Sheep)
This shepherd is taking his flock of Tiroler Steinschaf up to the high pastures in the Weitental. At this point they were just passing the 2,000 metre contour, the valley continued up to 2,300 metres.
Now two lambs whose breed I have not managed to identify
This barn door near Mayrhofen records the farmer's successes at the sheep shows and led me to identify the sheep in my pictures, although I saw no sheep on his farm.
There is a good picture of Austrian sheep breeds at
I saw rather more cattle, but I have not tried to identify the breeds. To English eyes it is always incongruous seeing cattle set against mountains. The bells are a continuous reminder that this is a different way of life. How the cattle can endure the continuous ringing amazes me.
There are traditional dairies in the high valleys.
But the milk tanker still calls each day, this valley is only occupied in the summer. The farms are all closed down in winter and the stock taken down to lower valleys.
At a higher level we found modern buildings to be used as dairies, but it was too early in the season for the farmer to have occupied them they were just as they had been abandonned the autumn.
Finally beekeeping. In nearly every village we found a "beehive". Not a beehive in the English sense, but the size of a Dale's barn.
In Switzerland last year I noticed the colour coded entrances to the hives and here in Austria it is the same. In fact I might not have noticed the first hide if my friend had not remembered a similar hive in Stechelberg and drawn my attention to it. I think the loud humming of the bees would have alerted me eventually. In the Zillertal there is a large industry based around beekeeing with a food factory at Mayrhofen producing honey as well as the main product cheese.