Transhumance has always been an important time period in the farming calendar. The cows are decorated with ornate wreaths, the calves are adorned with fresh flowers and the sheep are colour-coded. At the same time, the opportunity to sample rural fare, performances by the "Goasslschnöller” (whip masters) and traditional music are not to be missed. On the Ritten mountain pastures, the "Barthlmastag" is celebrated on 24 August, the day of St. Bartholomew. Meanwhile, the sheep drive in the Schnalstal valley is unique in the Alps. This spectacular drive when over 3,500 sheep are moved from their summer pastures in the Ventertal valley (AT) over the main chain of the Alps into the Schnalstal valley takes place in mid-September and is an intangible UNESCO World Heritage event. At the traditional shepherds' festivals in Kurzras/Maso Corto and Vernagt/Vernago, you can enjoy specialities revolving around sheep. Both people and livestock also return to the valley from the Alpine pastures of upper Vinschgau valley. In addition to numerous autumn cattle drives, visitors also experience the "Schafschoad”, i.e. the traditional shearing of the sheep.