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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Focused on the Future

By Cheri Oechsle

At just 19, this up-and-coming young breeder is already blazing a trail toward her goal of developing an outstanding herd of competitive registered Brown Swiss. Chelsea Skidmore is a package of determination, focused goals, exuberance and enthusiasm. A FFA National Dairy Proficiency winner, a Brown Swiss National Scholarship winner, breeder of a Reserve All-American and, this year, breeder and owner of three 2014 National Bell Ringers, Chelsea is establishing herself as a force to be reckoned with.

“Chelsea is very enthusiastic about the Brown Swiss Cow. She is always looking for ways to strengthen her herd and improve her knowledge. She not only works hard at home, but works hard at the shows by getting her animals ready to go for the blue. She is an incredible young lady that has a bright future with the Big Brown Cow,” said Jenna Hoffman, Ohio Brown Swiss Youth Advisor.

Chelsea said she appreciates the Swiss breed for more reasons than just being raised with them. “I believe that they deal with temperatures and [their] tolerance is better, along with the fact their components are higher. They are heartier and stronger, at least ours seem to be, versus our Holsteins. The Holsteins tend to drop after a few months at peak. Swiss hold their peak longer and steadier,” she said.

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