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.

THE BROWN SWISS CATTLE BREEDERS’ ASSOCIATION OF THE USA

800 Pleasant Street, Beloit, Wisconsin 53511-5456
Ph: 608-365-4474    •    Fax: 608-365-5577    •    E-mail: info@brownswissusa.com

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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Hauser Family Effort Leads to Outstanding SCC Level

   

Colleen and the late Anthony Hauser
Sleepy Eye, Minnesota
Brown County
130 milking and dry cows

What was your 2013 average SCC?   
67,000.

What type barn do you have and what kind of bedding do you use?
We house our cows in a pack barn. We use sawdust for bedding, not the fine dusty kind.

What are some of the preventive measures you take to keep your SCC low?
We try to keep the cows clean. That's pretty hard to do in a pack barn. I make sure the pack doesn't get overly high. We scrape the pack down to a firm base before the next load comes in.

If a cow comes down with mastitis, how do you treat her?
We give high doses of B-vitamins for four to five days and Synergy in the quarter with S.C.C. cream. That combination works pretty well.

What does your milking procedure consist of?
It's always the same milkers. Our girls and their helper (son Greg) do a very good job. All we do is pre-dip with dish soap and Tri-Cep combined. They use micro-soft towels to wipe the cows clean. All the towels are washed in bleach. We use iodine teat dip.

Have you ever had times when your SCC got higher then you like?
What did you do to bring it back down? Yes. There's an alarm that goes off inside us and we are determined to find that cow. Once we find her, if she's not pregnant, we ship her. We treat her the same as the rest with B-vitamins and Synergy 7000 or 2-30.

 

Gregory Hauser carefully puts a milker on one of the family’s Brown Swiss cows. Greg and his older sisters, MaryAnn and Jennifer, do the majority of the milking.
PHOTO BY RUTH KLOSSNER

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