Hay in the Stable Thanks to the Italians


As a result of local residents emigrating to cities and other countries, the agricultural sector experienced a serious labor shortage. The vacant positions were filled with seasonal workers hired from abroad. In the 19th century until the mid- 20th century, the mowers were mainly recruited from the Italian South Tyrol. At the end of the season, they had to return to their country only to be hired back in the following year. Very often, they were related to each other. Over time, a close relationship between mowers and locals developed. First the mowers were recruited from South Tyrol, then in the 1970s the seasonal workers were hired from Former Yugoslavia and Poland.