The Furrow is an agricultural journal published in fourteen languages for John Deere GmbH & Co. KG. It is distributed to farmers and experts in the industry in EU27 countries, Eastern Europe, CIS, Near and Middle East, and North Africa. It provides to the reader a mix of current issues in farming with both local and international background, and best practice examples as well as exclusive news and facts on John Deere products and company strategy.
The alpine environment is largely a man-made landscape that has evolved over centuries.
Keeping livestock on alpine pastures in the summer prevents scrub and trees from taking over.
Dairy farmer Philippe Frossard in the barn of his operation “Alpe Vacheret”.
Operating a dairy farm in an alpine environment means a lot of manual work but ...
... also automation and modern technology
Natalie Rouiller keeps up a long tradition of making cheese in the Swiss Alps.
Marc Dubusson in the cold store room of the cheese factory in the Swiss village of Verbier.
Raclette cheese, a product from Swiss farmers that is famous all over the world.
Traditional grazing – Preserving the landscape
In Switzerland, grazing in the high mountains is supported by the State. Cattle herding prevents the Alpine pastures, with their great variety of grasses, wild flowers and herbs, from being gradually lost and from becoming overgrown with scrub.