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Southern Wisconsin Cheesemakers' and Dairymen's Association / Proceedings of the tenth annual meeting of the Southern Wisconsin Cheesemakers' and Dairymen's Association held at Monroe, Wisconsin, Thurs. and Fri., January 27 and 28, 1910

Farrington, E. H.
A visit to the Ruetti-Zollikofen dairy school,   pp. 54-62 PDF (1.5 MB)

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years. This is not a large proportion of the total number
of cheesernakers who work in the 2000 cheese factories of
Switzerland, but the accoitiodations of the schools have al-
wavs been crowded and  mole applications received than
Cosll be admitted.
An addition to one of the buildings was made during
the past year and the school can now accommodate 30 stu-
lents, but the director informed me that he had no ambition
to increase the attendance above its present number.
The school is conducted on the dormitory system. A
building is provide(l for the accommodation of the scholars
an(l the director's familv. The same building contains a
lecture room, a small chemical aud bacteriological labora-
torv and the offices of the director. The scholars make
their own beds and eat at long tables in one dining room,
sittin(r on benches instead of chairs. The director's family
has a dining table in the same room. Strict house rules are
enforced an(l the building is kept clean and in excellent con-
For the one-year course scholars pay $80 and for the six-
monthis course 840. This money covers the cost of the food
only. The other expenses of the school are paid from  ap-
pro)priations made b)y the canton and from the profits of the
cheese factory. The annual appropriation from the state
or canton is about ')s70011; ths net profit of the cheese fac-
tory of the school is a little over $4000 this year.
The cheesemakers certainly have a fine chance to get
all excellent training at a very small expense, and there is
no wonrder that the school is overcrowded.
About 6,000 lbs. of milk are received daily from  farms
within a few miles. There is not very much variation in
the milk supply during the year. The cows are stable-fed
d(uring thle entire year, excepting a few weeks in the spring
an(l fall.
Strict rules are ma(le in regard to the kind of feed Ir;&

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