Two tours, one of cheese facilities in Britain and the Netherlands and the other of dairy facilities in Israel and Belgium, will be conducted this year by the Utah State University Travel-Study Programs.
The third biennial cheese tour will visit England, Scotland, Ireland and the Netherlands Aug. 19 to Sept. 3.The dairy tour, scheduled for Sept. 23 to Oct. 4, will include several stops in Israel, where dairy operators have the highest production per cow of any country in the world.
"The tour will include a good mix of technical visits and scenic stops and provide updates on what other countries are doing in cheese making and research," said Gary Richardson, director of the Western Dairy Foods Research Center in Logan, a professor in the USU Nutrition and Food Sciences Department and tour escort.
Technical stops on the cheese tour include a plant that makes alcohol from whey, a factory that uses the latest techniques for making lactic culture and cheese, a bleu cheese operation, several research facilities and the Caves of Cheddar-Bristol.
Wallace Taylor, a USU Extension dairy specialist, said participants in the dairy tour will visit an automated dairy parlor, a feed mill and the Kibbutz Kfar Giladi Dairy and Experimental Institute. They'll also hold discussions with experts from Israel's Ministry of Agriculture.
The dairy tour escort will be Dan Rona, who was born in Israel, educated in Salt Lake City and is a former executive of KSL Radio.
For information on the tours, call Dallas Holmes, USU Travel-Study Program, 750-1694, Richardson, 750-2120, or Taylor, 750-2164.