LA TESI MOUNTAIN PASTURE

LA TESI MOUNTAIN PASTURE

LA TESI MOUNTAIN PASTURE

Tesi mountain pasture is mostly grazing area which is enclosed on the south, west and north sides by dry stone walls. These stones have been upcycled from pasture cleaning. There are two types of buildings here: a traditional dairy hut and a typical pigsty.
The total area is 35 fields and has a coverage of 15 so-called paghe (corresponding to 15 cows), which is the maximum capacity of animals with the same grazing characteristic that can be reared during alpine pasture periods.

BAITO – THE TRADITIONAL DAIRY HUT

The BAITO is a semi-circular building with small windows barred by stone slabs located on an airy hillside which preserves the milk during the hot summer months. It consists of two rooms: the milk room and the fire room. The milk room was used to let the milk rest in the mastèle (large, low round wooden containers) and allow the cream, from which the butter was obtained, to emerge. To ensure adequate ventilation, the room is always located in the downstream part of the building. Under the milk room there is a small stable, used as a shelter for new-born calves or sick cattle.
The fire room, located upstream, has a characteristic fireplace, which extends outside the main wall of the house, to prevent the roof, once made from marsh reed, from catching fire. It houses the large copper cauldron in which the skimmed milk was heated for processing into cheese and ricotta.