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									 A Visit to the Agricultural College of Denmark

                   Tage U. H. Ellinger


          J Anim Sci 1927. 1927:268-269.




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268       THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF ANIMAL PRODUCTION

Only preliminary work has been done in connection with the
studies of the q u a l i t y of m e a t . There a p p e a r s t o be a very definite
need f o r f u r t h e r research on m e a n s of m e a s u r i n g q u a l i t y and p a l a -
tability.
                                          Summary
   Particular a t t e n t i o n has been called in this p a p e r t o the m e t h o d s
used in p l a n n i n g and conducting f e e d i n g experiments, particularly
those o f the simpler k i n d , with the hope that f u r t h e r studv and r e -
finement o f m e t h o d s will make t h e s e experiments capaMe of y i e l d -
ing resuIts of more g e n e r a l and p e r m a n e n t value.




         A V I S I T TO T14E A G R I C U I , T U R A L C O L L E G E
                          OF DENMARK
                               By TAGE U. H. F.LLINGER
                        Departmen.t of Livestock Economics
                         International Livestock Exposition
    A u g u s t 24 to 27, 1926, the R o y a l Veterinary and A g r i c u l t u r a l
College of Denmark celebrated the completion of an e i g h t - y e a r
b u i l d i n g p r o g r a m that has greatly e n l a r g e d its r e s e a r c h a n d t e a c h -
i n g facilities and made it one of the best equipped institutions of
its k i n d .
    T h e dedication ceremonies were attended by the K i n g , members
o f t h e cabinet, foreign d i p l o m a t s , special representatives of 16 coun-
tries and the l e a d i n g D a n i s h agriculturists. T h e w r i t e r delivered
messages of felicitation from the U n i t e d States, a m o n g w h i c h were
a special . g r e e t i n g from t h e American S o c i e t y of Animal P r o d u c -
tion.
                             College Established ir~ 1773
   T h e D a n i s h College was f i r s t established as a veterinary school
in 1773. P e t e r Christian Abildgaard was the founder. T h e p r e s e n t
college was established in 1856. An agricultural experiment sta-
tion was added in 1882, s e v e r a l n e w b u i l d i n g s in 1892 and a s e r u m
laboratory in 1908.




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          THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF ANIMAL PRODUCTION                                            269

    T h e l a t e s t b u i l d i n g p r o g r a m was p l a n n e d b y P r e s i d e n t Ellinger
and the appropriations were made in 1918. T h e n e w buildings i n -
c l u d e a large institution f o r p l a n t research ; a n o t h e r for pathological
anatomy and animal h u s b a n d r y ; a library and observatory; n e w
surgical, medical and obstetrical c l i n i c s ; a h o r t i c u l t u r a l laboratory
and g r e e n houses, and m a n y smaller b u i l d i n g s besides additions to
the old ones.
                                     Courses Offered •

    T h e D a n i s h College offers a scientific training in a g r i c u l t u r e ,
d a i r y i n g , veterinary science, f o r e s t r y , horticulture and surveying.
It does not especially propose to train farmers, a l t h o u g h m a n y o f
its graduates return to p r a c t i c a l farming. Y o u n g farmers in D e n -
mark usually get their agricultural education in the several agri-
c u l t u r a l schools. T h e college, therefore, does not o p e r a t e a farm
but has two o r t h r e e y e a r s a c t u a l farm work as an e n t r a n c e r e q u i r e -
ment for t h e s t u d y of scientific a g r i c u l t u r e . Most of the agricul-
t u r a l g r a d u a t e s l a t e r e n t e r research and t e a c h i n g positions o r be-
come c o u n t y a g e n t s o r managers of the n u m e r o u s cooperative or-
ganizations in the c o u n t r y .
    Most striking to an American is the w o n d e r f u l d e v e l o p m e n t o f
the veterinary d e p a r t m e n t that a t t r a c t s n u m e r o u s students from
foreign countries. T h e m i n i m u m time necessary f o r g r a d u a t i o n is
5 ~ years. A b u n d a n t o p p o r t u n i t y is offered the students f o r clin-
ical work in t h e large and exceptionally well equipped hosl)ital.
T h e veterinary profession is considered o f g r e a t importance in D e n -
m a r k , as each community has its veterinarian as well as its min-
ister, d o c t o r and policeman.

                      President Sends Society                 Greetings

  T h e president of the college, in his response a t the c e r e m o n y , r e -
quested the writer to convey t o the members of the American
Society o f Animal P r o d u c t i o n t h e appreciation o f the college as
well as his personal t h a n k s for the good w i s h e s expressed in the
m e s s a g e of t h e society.




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