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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Double W Dairy milks two breeds

Holsteins, Brown Swiss good fit for Waileses, Huwa

Double W Dairy is owned by brothers Gregg (not pictured) and Marc Wailes (left), and their brother-in-law, Glenn Huwa. They milk 1,230 Holsteins and Brown Swiss on northeast Colorado’s High Plains, near Holyoke.

by Ron Johnson, DairyStar

HOLYOKE, Colo. - With a name like Double W Farm Dairy, maybe it's fitting that two breeds are milked instead of one. The 1,230-cow operation in northeastern Colorado, near Holyoke, milks not only Holsteins, but also registered Brown Swiss.  Marc and Gregg Wailes contribute the Double W to the dairy's name.

"Swiss are something Marc and Gregg's grandfather and father had," explained business partner and brother-in-law Glenn Huwa. "We have some good-milking Swiss."

The Brown Swiss have increased to the point where they now make up more than a third of the milking cows.  The big, brown cows are carrying an 82-pound per day average on three-time-a-day milking, while their black and white cohorts are at 97 pounds a day. Together, they've been averaging 26,840 pounds for an entire lactation, according to Huwa.

While the Holsteins outmilk them, the Brown Swiss contribute more when it comes to butterfat. Huwa pegged the Swiss' fat test at 4 percent or higher, with the Holsteins around 3.9 percent.
"Thanks to that higher fat test, the Swiss basically make about the same dollars for us," Huwa said.

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