Have you ever had the urge to own a cow? If you're teetering on the verge of bovine adoption, here's a great way to try one out and see if it's really what you had in mind. Cow rental. Yes, amazingly enough, in Switzerland these days, you can rent cows.
Here's the deal. You pay a farmer a couple of hundred dollars to rent a cow for a season. He looks after it for you, but you have to make at least one visit to the creature in its Alpine pasture. While you're there, if the mood grabs you, you can milk it. Take a cheese-making course. Stay for a week on the farm. Then when your season ends, you receive, in the mail, a shipment of assorted cheese – the fruits of that cow's udder for the past few months. Oh, and if you really get into the swing of things, you can also rent out the cow's barn for a party. It turns out many Swiss farmers have been going out of business and this is a great way to subsidize what they do. You have to admire their creativity. RM