Have a Cow, Man

When Roger Federer won Wimbledon last year, Swiss tennis officials presented him with Juliette, a prize cow. But you don't have to be a tennis star to own a fine Swiss bovine. Nina, Beate and Britta are big brown cows that spend their days grazing the picturesque Alpine meadows above Brienz, in Switzerland's Bernese Oberland—and they're for rent.

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Why would anyone want to rent a cow? Say "cheese"—several varieties produced from your protégé's milk will, by summer's end, be yours. Last year the cows' owners, farmers Paul and Helga Wyler, decided to beef up their income...

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