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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Determined to farm

Mahlum begins herd, becomes Wisconsin Brown Swiss Queen

In March, Maddy Mahlum was crowned the Wisconsin Brown Swiss Queen. She is from Mindoro, Wis.PHOTO BY CASSIE OLSON
In March, Maddy Mahlum was crowned the Wisconsin Brown Swiss Queen. She is from Mindoro, Wis.

by Cassie Olson,

MINDORO, Wis. - When Maddy Mahlum first became a member of 4-H, she never anticipated the love she would find in a dairy project.

"I started 4-H just to play softball," said Mahlum, who is from West Salem, Wis. "Then, I met some 4-H families that got me into showing."

That love of her 4-H dairy projects snowballed into a greater appreciation for dairy. Now the 19-year-old serves as the Wisconsin Brown Swiss Queen and is working to develop her own herd in order to farm at a later time.

Mahlum admitted that her 9-year-old self was hesitant to even become involved in her first dairy project.  "I never grew up on a farm. The only kind of animal we had while growing up were geese," Mahlum said.

Mahlum quickly got over her hesitation, however. After first stepping into the ring at the age of 10, she was hooked on showing dairy cattle. In the years following her first show, Mahlum has gone on to show at the La Crosse Interstate Fair, the Wisconsin Brown Swiss Canton Show, Wisconsin State Fair, Minnesota State Fair and World Dairy Expo.

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