Brown Swiss are known for
dairy strength

Originating in the Swiss Alps, Brown Swiss adapt well to high altitudes and hot or cold climates, while producing large volumes of milk, ideal for cheese-making. Their unique ability to yield high components with an ideal fat-to-protein ratio sets them apart from other dairy breeds. 

Correct feet and legs, well-attached udders and dairy strength contribute to their exceptional productive life, allowing them to thrive in any modern dairy set-up. Style, balance and fancy frames also make Brown Swiss easy winners at county, state, national and international shows.


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The Brown Swiss Association was established in 1880, registers about 10,000 animals per year and serves about 1800 combined adult and junior members. It is governed by a 10-person board of directors elected by and from the membership.

BSCBA Mission Statement... To promote and expand the Brown Swiss breed with programs that assist the membership and industry to compete favorably in the market place now and in the future.

Today’s U.S. breeders have built upon the breed’s rich heritage to develop a worldwide demand for their cattle in both the show ring and commercial dairy herd. 

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Breeder Profile

Cow monitoring system gives Reads 31 percent pregnancy rate


Cows wear transponders that monitor activity to help the Reads better access when a cow is in heat and should be bred.

Reads Brown Swiss

Roger and Lori Read; Greg, Heather and Jennifer (5 months) Read
Lyle, Minnesota;  Mower County
120 registered Brown Swiss

What is your herd's pregnancy rate average for last year?
31 percent.

What is your herd's reproduction program? How do you get cows pregnant?
We have been using the SCR activity monitor for monitoring our cows for three years. Two months ago we added it to monitor our heifers that are housed at another farm. We also use PC Dart for herd data management. The two network our data for real-time response to heats. By monitoring, we get daily activity per cow along with rumination. This allows us to use a minimum 60-day waiting period, and then we A.I. the cow based on her activity. If a cow is open after ultrasounding, we follow up with Ovsynch and a timed second breeding.

Do you use seasonal breeding or avoid certain months?
We breed year round.

How often do you do pregnancy checks?
At least monthly.

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