Deemed “The Mother of the Brown Swiss Breed” Jane of Vernon lived from 1929 to 1945 and to be 16 years old. Almost all Brown Swiss alive today can be traced back to this magnificent cow.
1938-The Parade of Champions was first begun at the National Dairy Show. The first and second place animal in each of the cow classes and the Junior and Reserve Junior Champion female donned a Swiss bell and the leadsmen wore colorful Swiss milking shirts as they paraded around the ring for the audience. This tradition can still be witnessed at any of the Brown Swiss National Shows. At World Dairy Expo, the Parade of Champions also includes Swiss Yodelers.
1969- The Identity Enrollment Program was initiated as a way to upgrade animals not of purebred descent so offspring could be registered in the Official Herd Book, in a three-generation process.
1969-Brown Swiss Enterprises Inc. was established to serve as the BSCBA’s marketing division. It has served to connect buyers and sellers of embryos, semen and animals across the country and the world. For more than 25 years, the entity has conducted the Premier Showcase Sale at World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin.
1971-The PTPR (Production and Type Performance Registry) Program was established. It includes DHIR testing and classification. PTPR still honors a top herd in each of four herd-size divisions and gives recognition to cows finishing with the highest 305-day ME in milk, fat and protein.
1988-Lyndale Convincer Elaine became the first Brown Swiss cow to win Supreme Champion of All Breeds at World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin.
1989-Lyndale Convincer Elaine won Supreme Champion of All Breeds at World Dairy Expo for the second time.
1994-Hoosier Knoll Jade Monay won Supreme Champion of All Breeds at World Dairy Expo, becoming the second Brown Swiss cow to receive this honor.
1998- BSA program is initiated as the BSCBA’s total service program, including DHIR testing, classification, registrations and membership and Bulletin subscriptions. BSA included 10,548 cows and more than 200 herds in 2010.
2003-Old Mill E Snickerdoodle, bred by Allen Bassler Jr., Upperville, VA, became the third Brown Swiss Cow to receive Supreme Champion of All Breeds at World Dairy Expo. Currently 12 years old, Snickerdoodle '4E94' won Reserve Supreme Champion of All Breeds at WDE in 2008 and 2009.
2007-Sun-Made Jetway Shatzi ET (M*) was the new breed champion for Milk, Fat and Protein. At 8-02 in 365 days on 2 times per day milking, Shatzi produced 54,360 pounds of milk, 2766 pounds of fat and 1903 pounds of protein. She was owned by Kent Thompson of Viroqua, Wisconsin.
2007- Lime-Rock Frolic Jiggy replaced Shatzi as the breed fat champion with her 1-11 365-day record of 37,970 pounds of milk, 2824 pounds of fat and 1226 pounds of protein. Jiggy was owned by Amanda Lee of De Forest, Wisconsin.
2008- Lost Elm Prelude Pixy ET, owned by Jason Luttropp, Berlin, Wisconsin set a new breed record for milk and fat. Calving at 4-10, in her third lactation, Pixy produced a
365-day record of 58,826 pounds of milk, 3,286 pounds of fat and 1,889 pounds of protein.
2010- Meudts Spartan Sunny became the breed fat champion at 5-09, with a 365-day record on 3 times per day milking of 53,420 pounds of milk, 6.3% fat, 3387 pounds of fat, 3.2% protein and 1727 pounds of protein. Sunny was owned by Sunburst Swiss of De Forest, Wisconsin.
2011- Pixy is the new breed leader for milk, fat and protein. At 9 years of age and 365 days in milk, she produced 65,430 pounds of milk, 3557 pounds of fat and 2031 pounds of protein.