Jersey Cattle in Switzerland

Bernhard Bøggild, a Danish dairyman, visited in 1885 several European countries, among others Switzerland. On the farm Langrüthi, belonging to G. H. Page, he found a small herd of Jersey cows. G.H. Page had with great expenses imported 20 heifers and two bulls.
[Ugeskrift for Landmænd 1886 Vol. 2, p. 131ff]

We dispose of a few letters of George H. Page from 1883 in which he mention the farm Langrüti (1880 to 1893).
Sometimes he speakes about the Jersey cows in his "telegram-style":
"Glad you stopped to see Theodore Havemeyer's stables. Have read about his Jersey cattle. In my opinion the place to start a dairy in America is near one of the largest cities, say New York or Chicago. A great part of Havemeyer's profit is in selling young animals at high prices. This was a chief part of my idea for Langrüti, but I do not succeed in raising any calves except the scrubs. The worst calves, those I care nothing about, will all live, -- very difficult to kill them. The better calves, which are valuables, eiher bulls or  heifers, all die. The old saying is that 'the best die young'." [Georg Page to his brother D.S. Page, 3rd Nov. 1883; AHN AS C1/10]
"Calves also went bad last spring 15 died. We could not find out what failed, tryed everything but nothing helped till the Jersey cows come round for calving then every one lived. This year  I intend to let them suck the cow & if that  dont works, god knows better than I do what to try next...".
[George Page to D.S. Page, 14.Nov.1883, AHN AS C1/10]
"We practice milking three times a day for a few weeks after the cows have calved. This should be done, whether the calves require milk or not, for the good of the cow. In Jersey they carry out this practice for two or three months where their object is a large yield of milk..." [George Page to D.S.
Page, 5.12.1883, AHN AS C1/10]
Valancey E. Fuller in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada to George Page, Dec. 29th
1884 [AHN AS C1/6]:
"Capt. Philip Le Brocq of St. Marys Island of Jersey is at present at Hamilton, inspecting my Herd of Jerseys. I am the owner of the Jersey cow Mary Anne of St. Lambert, a cow of considerable notoriety on this side of the Atlantic. I take the liberty of sending you her Photograph. I have a herd of 120 pure bred Jerseys. At the City of Toronto, 100'000 inhabitants we have a dairy of our own. I enclose you one of our circulars.
We are meeting with the greatest success and encouragement. Our 'One cows milk', which is strictly carried out on the basis set out in circular, has met with a great demand, and we otbtain one and a half times the price that ordinary milk is sold for. I have for a long time been anxious to discover a means of preserving our milk in its natural liquid state by which its decomposition should be avoided, without  adding any foreigns substance to it, or subtracting any of the original constituents..." (a circular of the 'Oaklands Jersey Dairy' for Jersey cream, Jersey butter and Jersey buttermilk is enclosed to the letter).
There are some other articles in German or French concerning the Langrüti farm in general.
Best regards,
Albert Pfiffner NESTEC S.A.
Archives historiques Nestlé Av. Nestlé 55, CH-1800 VEVEY Tel. +41 (0)21 924 19 49

milchmadchen.jpgIn 1856, an American named Gail Borden invented sweetened condensed milk. Ten years later, the two American brothers Page settled down in Switzerland to establish  a Company  in Cham under the name of "Anglo-Swiss Condensed Milk Company" . A new industry was born in Europe. By the early 1880s, the Anglo-Swiss company was churning out 25 million cans of milk a year. 
The Nestlé Company however became a heavy competitor and by the end of 1905 the two arch-rivals were united in one company.

Not only English landlords but also leading business men in the flourishing dairy industry were becoming interested in the Jersey breed in the turn of the century.


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