Brown Swiss

Product benefits

  • High performing
  • High quality
  • Fit and long-lasting
  • Trouble free

The German Brown Swiss is a dual-purpose breed with strong focus on milk performance.  Besides the milk production and the udder composite a special emphasis is put on the adaption qualities, durability and the solid feet and legs of the Brown Swiss cow.

The Brown Swiss is highly adaptable to diverse geographical regions of milk production such as mountainous areas, extreme climates and forage conditions or tropical environments and as well adaptable to intensive systems. The favorable composition of the milk protein, especially for cheese making are considered in the breeding as well.

– Brown Swiss is the number 1 breed for protein in Germany
– Some herds reaching in average 10,000kg milk performance and more
– Brown Swiss has by far the highest share of organic farms
– In no other breed are so many heifers and cows going to the alpine pastures for grazing


Breed profile:
Height at cross : 144 – 150cm
Live weight : > 600kg
Milk components: 7-8% fat + protein, 250-300kg protein


Brown Swiss breeding program in Germany:

  • Verified performance testing with more than 87% under milk recording
  • High data quality – 87% of all Brown Swiss cows under milk recording
  • Independent classification of the progenies and bull dams
  • Test in various production systems
  • International breeding values (Interbull)

Panroamic pic by Katrin

High performing

  • Strong will to perform
  • Flat lactation curve
  • Increase in performance from lactation to lactation
  • High milk components
  • Early maturing heifers


  • Best forage conversion
  • Less metabolic problems
  • Cost efficient production

High quality

  • Protein Power
    • The No. 1 breed for protein
  • Protein Quality
    • High cheese yield due to Kappa Casein BB – “The cheesemakers choice”
    • High share of Beta Casein A2A2


  • Increased milk price
  • The perfect milk for cheesemakers
  • Healthy and high value products


Fit & long-lasting

  • Great feet & legs with hard, black hoofs
  • Functional and healthy udders
  • A high lifetime performance
  • Fertility and vitality
  • Stable metabolism


  • Savings due to the healthy, robust and long lasting cows
  • Low costs from replacements
  • Sale of excess animals as breeding livestock

Adaptability or Adaptive

  • Excellent for pasture systems
  • Distinct heat tolerance
  • Suitable for all production systems and farm intensities


  • High performances in different climatic conditions
  • Suitable for low-input systems
  • Well suited for extensive pasture systems

Trouble free

  • Good temperament
  • Healthy udders
  • Milking ease
  • Easy calving
  • Robust and healthy cows
  • Excellent feet & legs
  • Stable metabolism


  • Low costs for veterinarian assistance
  • Milking efficiency
  • Reduced time exposure

The sum of the positive characteristics has led to a steadily rising number of farms using German Brown Swiss sires in crossbreeding with other dairy breeds.

The F1-generation shows an extraordinary vitality, levels up the protein content in the milk and gives easy handling cows that work.

In the second crossbreed generation the type comes closer to the purebred crossbred Brown Swiss type.

Pure profitability with German Brown Swiss – savings & additional income:

  •     Protein
  •     Longevity &     Functionality
  •     Good udder health (Low somatic cell counts)
  •     Dairy strength
  •     Various Bloodlines à reduced inbreeding
  •     Calm, quiet temper
  •     Perfect for crossbreeding with Holsteins, Jersey

Reliable breeding values are the basis for sustainable breeding.
Dairy farmers Jos and Ingrid Knoef, Geesteren, The Netherlands

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