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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Siblings enjoy 4-H, fair

Willenbrings known for showing Brown Swiss cattle

The Willenbrings – from left, Carleen, Kyle and Craig – are judged during the Stearns County Fair Aug. 1, in Sauk Centre, Minn. The siblings and their parents milk 44 Brown Swiss cows near Richmond, Minn.

by Sabrina Ley,

RICHMOND, Minn. - When strolling though the dairy barn at the Stearns County Fair, you can see mostly Holstein cattle lining the rows, until you reach the Willenbring section. Their specialty is Brown Swiss cattle.
"This whole row is ours," said Carleen. "Except that one calf on the end."

Carleen, along with her four younger siblings, all show cattle at the fair. Following Carleen, 19, is Kyle, 17, Marissa, 15, Craig, 12, and the newest member to show, Darren, 9. The Willenbrings are part of the Dusty Trails 4-H club near Richmond.

"We were in 4-H for a few years before any of us started showing," said Carleen. "We always saw the cattle at the fair, and thought we should give it a try."

Both Carleen and Kyle started showing seven years ago. Their first year they brought three cattle from their herd. Their second year, their older brother, Ryan, decided to join in the fun and showed with them.

"Slowly we have added both our number of siblings showing, and the number of cattle that we bring," said Carleen.

The Willenbrings farm south of Richmond with their parents, Ed and Ann, and older brothers, Anthony and Ryan. They milk 44 Brown Swiss cows.


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