Bataille de moudzon (Heifer’s fight) and Ancient Cattle Fair
- Friday 25 September 2020
Before 10 am: Meeting and exhibition of livestock
11.30 am: Award ceremony. All the breeders and the most beautiful animals of the following categories will be awarded:
- 2 heifers (red spotted and black spotted)
- 2 cows (red spotted and black spotted)
- 1 goat
12.30 am: Lunch open to all (for a fee)
12.30 am-1.00 pm : Weighing
2.00 pm: Fights start
- Regulations *: The cows will be divided into 4 categories:
- 2 for steers up to 2 years
- 2 for steers up to 3 years
The first 4 heifers for each category will be awarded with cowbells.
Participation is reserved for cows from the municipalities of: Valtournenche, Antey-St-André, Torgnon, La Magdeleine and Chamois.
Obligation of the health certificate for the participating cows.
- The event will be held in full compliance with Covid regulations *
If the Bataille de Reines can be compared to the highest category, the Serie A between cow fights, the fight between heifers known as Bataille de moudzons represents the junior category of cow fights.
The calendar of the Batailles de moutzon is also very extensive, from March until October there can be 13 elimination rounds and 1 final clash held every year in the city of Aosta.
In the morning, waiting for the real Bataille, the Ancient Cattle Fair will take place, during which all the breeders and the most beautiful animals will be awarded.
- For an afternoon in the open air
- To admire animals’ instinct and determination up close
- Suggestive show, completely bloodless
- Aosta Valley culture and tradition
- Free entry
For the strictly technical aspect, the competitions of this “junior” category follow the same rules as the most famous batailles, proceeding with direct elimination in the different categories: heifers of three years, weighed and divided into two categories according to the average of the kg recorded on the spot, four years old and one year old steers.
The steers do not yet have the strength, the horns, the technique and above all the malice of the older cows. The fights are therefore resolved in most cases in endurance tests that can last even more than half an hour.