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.

THE BROWN SWISS CATTLE BREEDERS’ ASSOCIATION OF THE USA

800 Pleasant Street, Beloit, Wisconsin 53511-5456
Ph: 608-365-4474    •    Fax: 608-365-5577    •    E-mail: info@brownswissusa.com

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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Masheks make room for sons with extensive expansion

Iowa family adds cows, builds barns, enlarges milking parlor

by Ron Johnson, DairyStar.com


CALMAR, Iowa - Wencel Mashek wouldn't recognize his farm today. The 40 acres he bought from the United States Government in 1854 have vastly changed.

Hilltop Acres, now owned by Dennis and Barb Mashek, consists of 480 acres owned plus 500 rented. The Masheks' sons, Josh and Tanner, are involved in the farm, and there are several employees.  From it's start as a pioneer homestead, the farm near Calmar, Iowa, in Winneshiek County, has evolved into a thriving dairy operation. The Masheks milk 340 registered Brown Swiss, a breed that has a century-long history with the family.

Two years ago, the Masheks began writing another chapter of the farm's story. In May 2014, they moved the first soil in a major expansion aimed at bringing Josh, now 26, and Tanner, now 21, into the business.

The project saw the family more than double the size of the milking herd, enlarge the milking parlor to a double-12, and build another freestall barn. The Masheks also put up a special-needs barn, constructed a 2.5-million-gallon manure lagoon, and added onto the calf barn.


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