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.
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.