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Breed: Brown Swiss:

  • The Brown Swiss was originally used for beef production, draft work, and dairy production. In the US, the Brown Swiss is a dairy cow.
  • In the US, the Brown Swiss is second only to the Holstein in total milk yield.
  • The Brown Swiss has higher milk solid content, however.
  • The Brown Swiss has a docile, unexcitable nature.
  • The cow's color may range from a light brown to a dark brown.
  • The muzzle is always banded.
  • These cows have large fuzzy ears, a black switch, a straight face, and a stocky build.
  • The Brown Swiss may be one of the oldest cow breeds.
  • Originally from Switzerland, the Brown Swiss is found in many countries.
  • In the US, the Brown Swiss has been bred to have a different conformation from the original Swiss cow.
  • Consequently, the US Brown Swiss and the Switzerland cow are considered two different lines within the breed.
  • The Swiss cow is called Swiss Brown or Braunvieh.

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Brown Swiss

Source: A Field Guide to Cows , by John Pukite, Falcon Press, Helena, Montana, 1996, pp. 64-65.
Photo from OSH's Breeds of Livestock - Brown Swiss Cattle page.