Learn About The Small Swiss Cheese Manufacturers

Chuck Zimmerman

While on the recent International Federation of Agricultural Journalists trip to Switzerland I got to interview Anton Schmutz, the director of Fromarte, the Swiss organization of small cheese manufacturers.

Anton says that the cheese made by his members is very different than most since it’s done using only natural ingredients and mostly hand processed. I do like the way he says “Le Gruyere.”

You can listen to my interview with Anton here: Download MP3 File


Do You Know About The Fighting Cows of Switzerland

Chuck Zimmerman

Having just returned from the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Congress (their word for “convention”) I’ve got to say it’s good to be home. While there we saw a number of things that you just don’t see around the United States. Like cow fighting. I’m not talking bull fighting either!

Here’s a link to the story on our sister website, AgWired. You can see a short video of the cows fighting which was taken by one of the participants on her mobile phone.


Swiss Milk Producer's Perspective

Chuck Zimmerman

Swiss DairymanI’m still at the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Congress in Switzerland. The group got to visit a dairy and here’s what we found out. The information is from the IFAJ staff.

Milk producers president is pessimistic about the end of quotas

On the Seeland Excursion people met Peter Gfeller, president of the Swiss dairy farmers union. Gfeller is not only an active lobbyist for the milk producers, but also an enthusiastic Brown Swiss cattle breeder. I like and I love my cows, he said. No wonder, taking into account their performances. Emily for example, his favourite cow, is in her 9th lactation with a lifetime milk production of 80 000 Kilos so far. Long living cows are most profitable, emphasized Gfeller. To prepare the calves and heafers for their long and high yielding milk production careers, he sends them to the alp for two successive summers. He is convinced that the temporary live on 1300 Meters over sealevel is good for their lungs and muscle development. Gfeller is not very happy with the plans of the Swiss authorities to leave the quota system between 2006 and 2009. He thinks, Switzerland should not take that step before the competitors in the EU.

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Monk Cheese From Switzerland

Chuck Zimmerman

Cheese ManWhile at the IFAJ Congress we were fed cheese at a number of functions. None was better than from Tete De Moine. This guy isn’t a monk but he’s wearing a habit to show the roots of the company which took over the cheese business from the Monks of the Monastery of Bellelay. You can order their cheese online now and it comes with the little pirouette cutter that slices it into very fine ribbons.

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2005 World Dairy Expo Industry Honorees

Chuck Zimmerman

Each year World Dairy Expo honors four top leaders whose work is an example of the best in the industry. “These leaders aren’t in it for recognition, they are top in the field because they desire to be the best,” said WDE General Manager Tom McKittrick. “They are well known and respected in the industry. It is only fitting that the world’s most respected dairy show honor the individuals that keep our business growing.”

Honored this year are:
Marvin L. Nunes, Windsor, California, Dairyman of the Year
Donna L. Sharp, Bath, South Dakota, Dairy Woman of the Year
Maurice Mix, Brattleboro, Vermont, Industry Person of the Year
Shinichiro Nosawa, Tokyo, Japan, International Person of the Year

The winners will be celebrated at a gala awards banquet during the 2005 World Dairy Expo, October 4 – 8 at the Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wisconsin.

You can read a full biography on each honoree by visiting here.


Ever Met A Judge?

Chuck Zimmerman

showing cattleHave you ever met one of the official judges of the World Dairy Expo? Well at least you can find out who they are online. The following slate of judges has been selected by the dairy cattle exhibitors and/or their respective breed associations and has been approved by Expo’s Board of Directors. These gentlemen will crown the champions at World Dairy Expo 2005.

Ayrshire, Lynn Lee, Smyrna, Tennesee

Brown Swiss, Steve White, New Castle, Indiana
Associate Judge – Dean Dohle, Halfway, Missouri

Guernsey, David Trotter, Enon Valley, Pennsylvania

Holstein, Perry Phend, Osseo, Wisconsin
Associate Judge – Gary Culbertson, Richfield Springs, New York

Junior Holstein, Roger Turner, Guelph, Ontario

Jersey, Norm Nabholz, West Union, Iowa
Associate Judge – Jeff Sayles, Paris, Ontario

Milking Shorthorn, Doug Savage, Merrickville, Ontario

Red & White, Brian Behnke, Brooklyn, Wisconsin


Promoting World Dairy Diary

Chuck Zimmerman

We officially kicked off the public information campaign to create awareness of World Dairy Diary with a news release that was distributed internationally. If you’d like to have a copy of the release please feel free to download the Word document here: World Dairy Diary Release

You have our permission to use the release to help us get the word out about the official weblog of the World Dairy Expo!

Thank you.