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 Family Celebrates 50 Years at the Iowa State Fair

By Maureen Hanson

(Des Moines, Iowa) – For Lee-Ann’s Swiss, LLC, of DeWitt, Iowa, the 2014 Iowa State Fair was golden. 

 That’s not just because they exhibited the champion cow and were named Premier Breeder and Exhibitor of the Brown Swiss show. The herd, owned by Lee and Luanne Barber and Randy and Elaine Franck, celebrated 50 continuous years of exhibiting dairy cattle at the Iowa State Fair.

 Lee and Luanne were married in 1962, and showed for the first time at the Iowa State Fair in 1965. They haven’t missed a year since. Their daughter, Elaine, and son-in-law, Randy Franck, joined the operation after they graduated from Iowa State University in 1984. The Francks’ three children are state fair regulars as well, including their son, Brandon, who joined the family business after graduating from Iowa State himself in 2012.

 While the Lee-Ann’s herd has amassed its share of state fair awards over the years, Lee said it’s the people who really make the annual experience special. “We’re one big dairy family out here,” he stated. “It’s the memories of the people and the lifelong friendships made over the past 50 years that we cherish the most.”

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