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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Portner named MN FFA Star Farmer

by Ruth Klossner

SLEEPY EYE, Minn. - A high school senior who resisted becoming an FFA member just three years ago has been named the Minnesota FFA Star Farmer.
Sabrina Portner of Port-Haven Dairy is the 2015 Minnesota FFA Star Farmer. Portner and her family milk 270 cows near Sleepy Eye, Minn.PHOTO SUBMITTED
Sabrina Portner of Port-Haven Dairy is the 2015 Minnesota FFA Star Farmer. Portner and her family milk 270 cows near Sleepy Eye, Minn.

Sleepy Eye FFA member Sabrina Portner credits the persistence of advisor Mary Hoffmann in getting her involved in the program, encouraging her to be all she could be, and putting in the work to build a successful enterprise that won the top honor.

"I wasn't going to join FFA but she kept pushing me," Portner said. "I've learned so much leadership and so much on the business side. She definitely pushed me to try for all these awards. I couldn't have done it without her. Mrs. Hoffmann does a good job of recruiting and promoting FFA."  Portner said, "My only regret is not joining a lot sooner, trying for regional office and doing other things. I've loved the experiences I've had and the places I've gone."

Like Portner and her family, Hoffmann was very excited when Portner was named the State Star Farmer April 27 at the state convention. While she's had previous finalists, this was the first time in her 20-year teaching/advising career that Hoffmann has had a state star winner.

Portner's path to the award began months ago, when she applied for and was named the Regional Star Farmer after going through an interview process. After the eight regional winners were interviewed by a committee of judges on their farms, the group was narrowed to four. The finalists were presented on stage at the convention, with Portner announced winner. Her parents, Tom and Mary, along with sister Crystal, were on hand for the announcement.


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