The Brown Swiss Society & Breed History

The Brown Swiss Cattle Society has a membership of 150 breeders across the UK & Ireland. Originating from the alpine regions of Europe, the Brown Swiss breed has successfully travelled to all corners of the world and adapted as one of the leading breeds of milking cow, particularly where the primary market for milk is the manufacture of cheese.


The Brown Swiss breed is known for their exceptional feet and legs. These strongly built animals will last in any dairy operation for many lactations due to their sound feet and leg structure and well attached udders.

Brown Swiss adapt to any climate or environmental condition, being noted for their resistance to extremes in temperatures. Brown Swiss cattle show more insect resistance and have dark skin pigmentation around their eyes, which lessens the occurrence of pink eye infections; it is primarily for these reasons that they are proving popular with large dairy units across both North and South America and also in the Middle East

They are renowned for their natural grazing instinct and efficient conversion of forage and the relatively flat lactation curve gives rise to breed’s reputation for having statistically fewer metabolic problems.

Brown Swiss can serve many purposes, proving that it is not just volume of milk production that aids the overall profitability of dairy farm units, but more the total package of combining ease of management along with quality milk production and of course longevity.




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  • Elmore
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Animal Search
2016 Data Breed Average Top 25%
Milk Yield
(litres/per lactation)
7,338 8,645
Fat Yield (kg) 302 353
Protein Yield (kg) 253 297
Calving Interval (days) 417 360