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's farm analysis earns SAE award at national convention

Sabrina Portner accepts the Dairy Proficiency-Entrepreneurship National Agricultural Proficiency Award on Oct. 21 at the 89th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind.

By Jennifer Coyne,

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Standing in the spotlight, looking into a sea of thousands of young agricultural enthusiasts, Sabrina Portner heard her name over the sound system and a grin stretched across her face.

On Oct. 21 at the 89th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind., Portner was honored as the 2016 Dairy Production-Entrepreneurship National Agricultural Proficiency Award recipient.  "All I can remember is standing in the middle of the stage and hearing my whole chapter scream as the announcer says, 'Sabrina,'" Portner said.

A sophomore at Iowa State University studying animal science and international agriculture, Portner's success in FFA stems from her earlier years on her family's farm near Sleepy Eye, Minn., where they milk 250 Brown Swiss.

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