2012 Brown Swiss All American Program Rules
The All American Program recognizes the outstanding animals exhibited at state and national shows during the current calendar year.
Classes for the 2012 contest include Spring Heifer Calves, Winter Heifer Calves, Fall Heifer Calves, Summer Yearling Heifers, Spring Yearling Heifers, Winter Yearling Heifers, Fall Yearling Heifers, Yearling in Milk, Junior Two Year Olds, Senior Two Year Olds, Junior Three Year Olds, Senior Three Year Olds, Four Year Olds, Five Year Olds, Aged Cows and Component Merit. Group classes included in the program are Junior Best Three Females, Best Three Females, and Produce of Dam.
To be eligible for entry in the All American contest, the animals must meet one of the following qualifications.
- Place 1st through 6th place at a National Show.
- Place 1st or 2nd at any other shows designated as qualifying shows by the National Show Committee and Board of Directors. (Listed on this page following the rules.)
Note: A cow qualifying in a dry cow class is eligible for competition in her respective standard class providing the picture represents her in the same show ring condition as when she qualified. If she qualified as both a milking cow and a dry cow, it is the owner's option which picture to use.
It shall be the responsibility of the exhibitor to secure and supply one color photo of each animal being entered in the All American Contest along with the entry blank. NOTE: The photos must be 5 x 7 color prints, unretouched, including no back ground change. The current PDCA show ring code of ethics rules pertaining to grooming and preparation must be followed.
Pictures must be made during the current year and show the animals in the same stage of growth and/or lactation as when she qualified in the show ring.
For competition in the group classes, an individual picture of each animal in the group must be submitted. The pictures must be of the animals which are shown when the group qualified for entry. If substitutions are made in a group from one show to the next, different entries must be made for each qualifying combination. Partnership bred animals, outside the family, cannot be used in the Best Three Females classes.
Pictures and entry forms must be sent to the National office together. The only exceptions will be pictures made at NAILE or the Royal Winter Fair, may be sent directly from the photographer to the National office separate from the entry.
Entries must include the following information listed, using an official entry blank, one picture for each class entry, and a $20 fee per entry. (An application is available on the Brown Swiss Association website., and will be published in the September and October issues of the Brown Swiss Bulletin.)
- Name, registration, and birthdate of animal.
- Date photo was taken.
- Name and address of owner and breeder.
- All placings at qualifying shows during the current year. (Include udder placings.)
- Best 305-day production record for cows and current record in progress should also be included.
Each entry must be accompanied by a $20 entry fee.
All photos and entries must be post-marked on or before December 1.
Information on all entry blanks is checked at the National Office for accuracy. Each entry along with a photo is sent to the Nominating Committee. Each judge will nominate entries in each class and forward his ballot to the national office. Ballots will be tallied and nominated animals determined.
Breeders with nominated animals will be notified and invoiced $80 for each nominated entry which must be paid in order for the animal to continue in the contest.
The judges include all those who are on the Brown Swiss Association Approved Judges List and who served as judge at any of the qualifying shows. The judges will receive a judging packet containing a ballot, the entry forms, and the animals’ photos.
Nominations and winners, when published in the Bulletin, will include pictures accompanied by the names of animals, breeders, owners, as well as placings and production information.
Following the completion of the All American Contest, the photo of each entry will be returned to the owner upon written request.
All winning entries have the option of having an All American photo plaque for an additional $30 fee.
If entry rules are not followed by entrant, the animal or group entered can be disqualified.