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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Surviving Nature’s Wrath

Photos of the Milking-R Dairy and preparation prior to Hurricane Irma hitting central Florida in late August and early September.    Photos are from the Milking-R Facebook page, used with permission.                                            (Brown Swiss Bulletin Feature Article)

Milking R Dairy is a fourth-generation family farm located in the heart of Florida in Okeechobee.  It is a 1,200-acre dairy that is home to 1,200 milking cows which consist of mostly commercial Holsteins and the Rad-ical Genetics registered Brown Swiss.  The farm is owned by the Rucks Family, Sutton, Kris, Lindsey and Garrett. Lindsey’s fiancé Buck also has an active role on the farm. Milking R leases an additional 4,000 acres for beef cattle and another 350 acres for row crops. The farm is a recipient of the Commissioner’s Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award in 2014 as well as home to multiple All-American Swiss cattle.

On August 30th, Irma, the ninth named storm, and first Category 5 hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, formed. It created widespread and catastrophic damage throughout its long lifetime until September 16th. Over 130 fatalities occurred and the damage caused surpassed the $66.77 billion mark.

Those of us that are friends on social media with folks in Irma’s path watched with fascination and horror as Irma unleashed her power, especially on our fellow dairymen in those regions. Kris and Lindsey Rucks were often posting on their Milking R Dairy Facebook page taking us through much of their preparations and the immediate aftermath. We’ve asked Kris to walk us through those days and more specifically the hours of Irma’s rage and aftermath. She has graciously agreed. Surviving nature’s fury is not an easy feat and the aftermath is still being felt, but as Kris states, they continue to move forward and as the north endures winter’s cold blast, they work toward preparing for next season.

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