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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Luck leads to successful sire

Fjelstads, Klugs breed first genomic Brown Swiss bull over +2000 in milk

Harts Lady Lust-ET is the dam of the bull, BMG Lust Get Lucky-ET, who is currently housed at New Generation Genetics in Fort Atkinson, Wis. Get Lucky is owned by Mark and Diane Fjelstad from Zumbro Falls, Minn., and Matt and Myriah Klug from Spring Grove, Minn.

By Krista Kuzma,

Mark and Diane Fjelstad along with Matt and Myriah Klug said the success they've had from an animal they bred comes from luck.

One of the Brown Swiss bulls out of a cow in their partnership, Blue Mountain Genetics, is now at the top of the charts in the breed. The 1-year-old male, BMG Lust Get Lucky-ET, is the No. 1 genomic Progressive Performance Ranking bull and the only genomic bull in the breed over +2000 milk, according to New Generation Genetics, the A.I. company that now houses the bull.

"It's worked out," Mark said. "We're having fun with it, and we'll see where it takes us."

Along with the Blue Mountain Genetics partnership, the Fjelstads milk 265 cows - half that are Brown Swiss and half that are Holstein - on their dairy near Zumbro Falls, Minn. Likewise, the Klugs milk 105 cows - nearly all Brown Swiss - on their farm near Spring Grove, Minn. 

The partnership started nearly five years ago while at the World Premier Brown Swiss Sale at World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis. "We've been friends with the Fjelstads for a long time and we both have the same passion for cows," said Matt about one of the reasons for starting the partnership.   Diane agreed.  "Being friends we thought it would be fun to do a partnership," she said.

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