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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Brown Swiss featured at this year's [Minnesota] fair

The tenders of the showcase herd at the Minnesota State Fair include: front row, from left: Ashley Schugel, David Sprengeler, Kris Sommers, Lexi Sommers and Bethany Bauer. Back row, from left: Scott Schugel, Stacey Schugel, Gregor Fraser, McKenzie Sommers and Jim Sommers.

Janet Kubat Willette/Agri News

by Janet Kubat Willette,

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. — Dave Sprengeler's Brown Swiss are the dairy stars of the 2015 Minnesota State Fair.

Three cows are milked every two hours in the milking parlor where fairgoers watch from bleachers at the Land O'Lakes Stage and another cow is hand milked twice daily — at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. — on the stage. The cows are on call for appearances throughout the fairgrounds. There's also a week-old calf for petting.

"He's actually doing really good," said Jim Sommers, who works for Sprengeler and was tending the showcase herd on the opening day of the fair. Cows in the string range from 2 to 11 years old.

It's a busy time for the dozen or so people who take turns caring for the Showcase herd, the herd located in the Moo Booth in the Cattle Barn. In addition to escorting the cows where they need to go, they answer questions from fairgoers and keep the area and cows clean and tidy.

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