Why should I register my Brown Swiss?
Registered Brown Swiss cattle are worth more money than non-identified animals.
Whether you own 10 or 10,000 cows, a registration certificate shows other producers that you are willing to take the extra time to keep records of your herd’s lineage, production, and even breedings. Other producers will know they are receiving high quality cattle when they purchase from you. Due to their complete records, pedigree information, and genetic evaluations, Registered Brown Swiss bring more money at sales and can be exhibited at shows, which increases buyer interest and willingness to pay a higher price.
Enhance Genetic Value
You can very easily improve the value of your entire herd’s genetics simply by registering your cattle. As a cow produces more registered offspring, her pedigree value increases and she becomes eligible for Association awards and recognitions that are printed directly on her pedigree. Your cows will receive an official genetic evaluation and be assigned a PPR value at sire summary time. Since a cow receives a PPR value, she will be eligible for the Top 300 PPR Cow List, which is distributed to A.I. Companies at each sire run. Many A.I. companies use this report to locate sire mothers.
Receive Brown Swiss Association Program Eligibility
For registered Brown Swiss owners, the Brown Swiss Association offers many programs and services to assist with record keeping, genetic improvement, and marketing. Once you own a registered Brown Swiss, you are eligible to apply for National Brown Swiss Association Membership, which allows you to receive reduced rates on both registration and classification services. It also makes you eligible for the BSA or PTPR programs, which include production records processing. Classification and Production records allow a cow to be included in a sire’s evaluation and to receive an evaluation and index of her own.
Access Brown Swiss Database
The Brown Swiss Database allows registered breeders to look up information on their own herds and even cattle within other producers’ herds to make better mating decisions. Three-generation pedigrees and skeleton pedigrees are available for use by Registered Brown Swiss breeders. By utilizing pedigrees for mating decisions, you can avoid inbreeding and introducing genetic abnormalities into your herd.
*All Brown Swiss are eligible for Registration or entry into the Identity Enrollment Program