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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A simplistic, family-friendly lifestyle for Schroht

Transition to organic suits Steele County farmer well

Krista Kuzma, Assistant Editor,

Aaron Schroht and his children – (from left) Weston, Adeline and August – milk 70 cows on their farm, Schrohaven Dairy, near Owatonna, Minn. PHOTO BY KRISTA KUZMA

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    OWATONNA, Minn. – Although financial reasons were the driving force behind the decision for Aaron Schroht to switch to organic dairying, he has now fully embraced it for other reasons. It provides a better lifestyle for family living and the simplicity of management.
    Schroht, along with his children, Adeline, 10, Weston, 6, and August, 5, milk 70 cows on their farm, Schrohaven Dairy, near Owatonna, Minn. The dairy has been certified organic since 2013.
    “It was a way to expand and be able to support a family. If I was going to stay around here this was my way to do it,” Schroht said.
    But the steps Schroht has taken to get to where he is now have been slow and methodical. Growing up, Schroht liked the idea of having a registered herd in a tiestall barn.
    “I had been buying heifers since I was in elementary school so I had a bunch of registered genetics,” Schroht said.
    Even in college, his dairying dream hadn’t changed.
    “I never thought I would be milking crossbreds in my herd,” Schroht said.
    In 2004, he returned home after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, joining his family on the dairy. In 2008, he bought the farm from his grandparents and the dairy herd from his parents. Although Schroht owns the farm and dairy, his dad helps with crops and equipment.

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