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)
SOUTHERN WIS. CHEESEMAKERKS' & DAIRYMEN'S Ass'N. 55 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. PRESENT CONDITION OF SCHOOL. 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- dition. 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. THE CHEESE FACTORY. 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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