Only 20 years differenz of the age:

1833: University of Zurich

1853: Strickhof

1855: ETH Zurich

History of AgroVet-Strickhof

AgroVet-Strickhof is since 1st January as Cooperation active.

History in context: Lindau site

1833: Founding of The University of Zurich

1853: Founding of Strickhof and its development at the Irchel Zurich site

1855: Founding of the ETH Zurich

1972: Development of the plant sciences station of the ETH Zurich in Eschikon 

1976: Start of operations at the new Strickhof site in Eschikon Lindau 

2017: Opening of AgroVet-Strickhof, the cooperation for education and research

Milestones of the AgroVet-Strickhof project

  • 2004-2006: Conception stage and fundamental decision within the strategic planning
  • 2006/2008: Formal decision of the Kanton of Zurich, the ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich to build AgroVet-Strickhof
  • 2011: Approval of the preliminary study phase by the State Council of the Kanton of Zurich
  • 2014: Approval of the loan by the cantonal council by 167 to 0 votes, building application
  • 2015: Building permission granted, start of construction
  • 2017: Opening of AgroVet-Strickhof

Silage making in the middle of the construction site

Mid May 2016, during the silage making period, the mobile silo facility was ready to fill the first mobile silo in the middle of the construction site. The company recorded it on video.

Project Alp Weisssenstein

In 2015 the alp building was completely renovated and Alp Weissenstein was connected to the intranet of the ETH Zurich. The cattle barn was equipped with new flexible barn facilities (freestall and tethered barn) and an exercise yard. 

On 9. July 2016 the renovation was celebrated by employees from Strickhof, ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich, as well as the public. 

Project Früebüel

In spring 2014 the planning for the renovation and extension of Früebüel began. A working group from the ETH Zurich, including an architect and a landscape architect, made plans together with the commune of Walchwil and the Kanton of Zug to carry out the necessary infrastructure changes for the AgroVet-Strickhof concept, giving Früebüel specific new functions. The reason for this is the closure of Chamau, the main site which Früebüel was attached to until 2016. As there is a big distance between Früebüel and the main site in Lindau ZH, Früebüel must become more independent.

On 30.11.2016 the building application for the project was handed in, and is currently in the process of being approved. Construction is planned for 2018.


Within the concept AgroVet-Strickhof infrastructural modification and enlargement will be done of Früebüel. There will be modification on buildings and the construction of fence and other facilities for fallow. Therefore other modifications are for breeding cattle, suckling cows and sheeps who will be kept on Früebüel.

Agricultural scientists as well as veterinarian will profit within science and teaching. In addition the education of farmers can improve.

The University of Zurich, the ETH Zurich and the canton of Zurich have established AgroVet-Strickhof to approach the challenge to save a sustainable and healthy production of foodstuff of animals and plants.

In the meantime the implementation planning is so far that the realisation can start in July 2018, beginning with the first phase of demolition of buildings.

Parties involved

Landowner / Promoter:
Swiss Confederation, substituted trough the ETH Zurich, directorate Immobilien

Project author:

  • Architecture: Alois M. Fischer, Cham
  • Landscape planning: Benedikt Stähli, Landsape architect BSLA, Cham
  • Overall direction: Lauber Ingenieure AG, Holzbau & Bauwerkserhalt, Luzern

AgroVet-Strickhof (Strickhof, ETH Zürich, Universität Zürich)

Time table of the realisation

The following timetable for the realisation shows the different phases. Within the map you will find the assigned buildings in the timetable.

180611 Fruebuel Terminplan Ausfuehrung Englisch 2048
091214 Arealuebersicht Fruebuel Ausschnitt

Maps and construction plan

  • Project overview map, actual
  • Construction barn: From application

Further Informationen

For questions concerning the construction please contact Simon Pfenninger Presler. For questions about research and teaching, please contact Joël Bérard.

Construction Management:
Simon Pfenninger Presler
ETH Zurich, Abt. Immobilien
+41 44 633 84 30

Head Forschung AgroVet-Strickhof:
Dr. Joël Bérard
ETH Zurich, AgroVet-Strickhof
+41 52 354 91 61

Chamau: Research station of the ETH Zurich from 1948 to 2017

  • The farm Chamau has been bought in 1948 by the Swiss Government to open as a research station.

  • In 1986 the new barn for the milk cows could be opend. There are new possibilities in research with the scales to weigh the feed per cow and the milk measuring in the milking parlour.
  • In March 2017 the Chamau Research station has been closed and was sold to the kanton Zug who runs now the farm through the Agricultural School Schluechthof.

  • The main site from AgroVet-Strickhof in Lindau absorbs the function from the Chamau. Früebüel and Alp Weissenstein are part of AgroVet-Strickhof.


The farm «Untere Chamau» has been bought by the Swiss Government in 1948 to establish a research station for animal breeding.

Since then up to 2017 the resarch station was used for different purposes in research and education.


The Chamau is situated in the flat valley between the river Reuss and Lorze. The valley is lignend north-south and is situated in Canton Zug at the altitude of 400 metres above sealevel.

From 1959 - 1994 there has been an avearage precipitation form 1136 mm (890-1563) per year. During this period there were 150 (108-182) rainy days on aeverage per year.

The underground ist broken rocks and on top is heavy soil, profound, slightly sandy and humuos clay. The pH value ranges from 6.1 to 7.6. The unterground water is at high level.

Area of holding

64.2 ha land total

2.8 ha non-productive (roads, squares, buildings)

8.7 ha forest, hedges and reed

54.7 ha agricultural land

52.7 ha feed land

27.2 ha pasture land

22.5 ha artificial grassland

3.0 ha mais for silage


72 Dairy cows

40 Suckler cows *

35 Born calves per year

36 Cattle

100 Mother sheep

7 Breeding ram

45 Mother pigs **

5-10 Boars **

40 Fattening Pigs per turnover

* (Winter) ** (including upbringing)

Special facilities for research

  • 2 Respiration chamber for cattle / cows
  • Metabolisme house for 20 cattle / cows

Suisse Tier - National Trade Fair for Farm Animal Husbandry

At Suisse Tier from 22 to 24 November 2019 you will meet leading suppliers and experts from the entire Swiss livestock industry. AgroVet-Strickhof will be there, visit us at our stand. Link to the Suisse Tier Homepage

AgroVet-Strickhof Conference

The first AgroVet-Strickhof conference will take place on 1 July 2019. Secure a seat and register today.

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AgriTech Day

Agriculture of the Future – digital and sustainable?

Link to the article

More environmentally friendly cows

Bovines eat a lot of soya and are the big emitters of greenhouse gases and the air pollutant ammonia. New feed additives for ruminants and an innovative cow toilet will help. Link to the article