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Click the link below for information on the 2017 National Convention held in Ohio. Register before June 1 for discount rates.
The 4/17 Genetic Evaluation files have been uploaded to the Genetic Evaluations page. Top Ten Lists and Available AI Bulls will be added on Thur...
The Springtime Show Window Sale will be held Saturday, April 1, 2017, at the Fairgrounds in Elkhorn, WI.
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The BSHS Newsletter contains last year's Master Breeder winners and the nominee biographies and ballot for this year's contest.
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Abnormality and Haplotype carrier lists have been updated on the website.
2016 All-American Winners
UNANIMOUS ALL-AMERICAN Blue Diamond Parker Gia ET Elisabeth & Elise Regusci, Modesto, CA
2016 All American Nominees
Blessing Formula Flourish 68177078, Blessing Farms, Ft. Wayne, IN
Blessing Formula Flower 68176010, Bles...
Wisconsin Brown Swiss Association,
Barb Muenzenberger, Secretary/Treasurer
Coon Valley, WI 608-486-2297
Nelson McCammon Youth Heifer Program acc...
The Board of Directors read and accepted the resignation from Board Member Gary Overstreet, TX, citing health concerns as an explanation for stepping ...
Publication of linear trait evaluations for Brown Swiss was delayed due to some missing data on the linear evaluation file provided by CDCB. The...
To view the current Official Judges list, click here.
Revised Conformation Traits – December 2016
Conformation trait evaluations for non-Holstein breeds were revised with the December 2016 run.&nbs...
Congratulations and thank you to all champions and participants of the seven National Shows held from coast to coast.
To view show reports and champi...
Hello Brown Swiss Enthusiasts,
I would like to introduce myself: my name is Stephanie Miranda, and I am the new Superintendent of Records for ...
To go to Performance Awards, click here.
Click to view Ambassador Welcome Speech.
Click to view the August 2016 Genetic Evaluations page. Top Ten Sires Lists have been added. Available AI bulls list release on Thursday, ...
To view youth spotlight, click here.
Click here to view the 2015 Annual Report activity and production statistics.
Thank you to all Involved
Especially the Hosts - Blessing Farms
"The Touch" ...
The April CDCB Genetic Evaluations have been posted. Click to go to the Genetic Evaluation page.
In addition, the Haplotype and Abnormality Carrier L...
2015 All-American Winners
Spring Calves (10)
2015 National Bell Ringer Winners
Spring Heifer Calf
Jenlar Carter Twix Twin 68167041
Owner: Brianna Meyer
Exciting news for us, a new venture for Voegeli Farms and collaboration with Markus Candinas, owner of world renowned Candinas Chocolatier!!!!...
Pit-Crew Legacy Tori ET '2E94-E94ms'; V B Riedland Denver Dreamer '2E94-E94ms'- link to stories.
Superior Brood Cow
Twinkle-Hill Dyn America ET – 931713
Twinkle-Hill Dyn America ET was born July 5, 2004. She was bred and owned by Jea...
Jonlee Secret Langwathby has won two National honors, click the links below for more information:
National Total Performance
National Cow For All Se...
Jonlee Secret Langwathby has won two National honors, click the links below for more information:
National Total Performance
National Cow For All Se...
Eloc Wagor Kandid 9602644 has become the first 95-Point Brown Swiss Cow in the United States.
Scored on January 8, 2016, she is owned by Ken M...
2015 All-American Nominees
Spring Calves (10)
Autumn Creek Durham Sierra
Marjorie Hardy Hired!
Marjorie Hardy joins the team at Purebred Publishing. Her responsibilities will include advertising sales for all publications ...
The Brown Swiss Association strongly recommends a tattoo be the permanent I.D. of the animal; however, it is not required with the use of double offic...
Click here to go to the Genetic Evaluations page.
Click to go to the 94-point cow Spotlight.
New this year, Purebred Publishing will process the All American Entries. Also new, an online entry form is available.
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Click here to go to various Performance Awards.
Click here to go to Youth Spotlight.
PDCA Code of Ethics was modified effective May 5, 2015. Click here for PDCA Code of Ethics.
In order to make room for the Progressive Sires tab on the main menu of the BSCBA website, Contacts and Links have been combined.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 24, 2015
Reminder: All-American Dairy Show, Keystone International Livestock Expo, PA Farm Show to Require 840-Sta...
April 20, 2015
By: Cynthia L. Warner—Special to Farmshine
Calves sell Well at Mid Atlantic Brown Swiss Sale
30 calves average $...
Deadline for voting is May 1st. Click here to go to Brown Swiss Historical Society website to see this year's Master Breeder nominees and ballot...
SPRING DAIRY EXPO BROWN SWISS SHOW APRIL 3, 2015
STEVE WAGNER, QUARRYVILLE, PA. JUDGE
CDCB Lowers Rate Code Service Fees for Genomic Evaluations
Click here to see the 2014 Bell Ringer Results
Click here to view the 2015 Youth Newsletter.
2014 National Total Performance Winner
2014 Cow For All Seasons Winner
Check out the new website for Wisconsin Brown Swiss! Click here.
Effective January 1, 2015, embryo flushes recorded within 120 days of flush will be $20 per flush. Those flushes recorded after 120 days will be $50 per flush.
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UDDER COMPOSITE AND PPR FORMULAE REVISED FOR DECEMBER EVALUATIONS
The Brown Swiss Board of Directors has adopted revisions to the Udder Composite a...
By George Wiggans, Leigh Walton, and Paul VanRaden
Recently received genotypes will be processed each week to generate approximate genomic evaluation...
Barton nabs Grand Champion of International Brown Swiss Junior Show for second year in a row
Cutting Edge P Sherry ex...
Click here to see the Eastern National Junior Show placings for 2014.
Grant Voelker, 2014 Brown Swiss Youth Ambassador
HELLO BROWN SWISS BREEDERS,
My name is Grant Voelker, your 2014-2015 National Brown Swiss Youth Ambassador. I am 19 years old, son of Charles and Nancy Voelker of Perryville, Missouri. I am the youngest of five children. I have two sisters, Katie Hill and Suzanne Schamburg, and two brothers Chad and Dayne. Our dairy farm has been in our family for three generations starting with registered Brown Swiss. I hope to be the fourth generation with the dairy when I graduate from the University of Missouri, where I’m majoring in Agriculture Education. I have been very involved in our farm since I was 8 years old. Some of the roles I had were helping with feeding baby calves, cleaning barns, feeding heifers, milking chores, and I currently do some of the A.I. breeding as well. My family is very big in showing our cattle at county, state, and national shows. At the age of 9, I became a National Junior Brown Swiss Member. I have been very involved as a junior member by attending conventions with my family and participating in the junior activities. I purchased my first Brown Swiss cow at the age of 14 at the National Brown Swiss Convention in Missouri. Since that time my herd has grown and I currently own 15. I was very active in FFA in high school, earning Area Dairy Production Efficiency Award. I was part of the state 4-H Dairy Judging Team and won numerous showmanship awards. I have developed many life skills and new friendships while working and showing Brown Swiss cattle.
I’m very excited about this next year and serving as Ambassador. I plan to reach out to as many new people as possible discussing the Big Brown Cow and promoting our great organization. I plan to attend the All-American Dairy Show, World Dairy Expo, NAILE, and the Southwest National Shows. I hope I get to connect with as many juniors as possible this year!
Grant Voelker firstname.lastname@example.org
The Brown Swiss Association has named Scholarship, Ambassador & Youth Achievement Contest Finalists and Award Winners for Cheese Yield, Production, and Grant Programs! Winners of Scholarship, Ambassador and Youth Achievement Contests will be announced Wednesday, June 25 at the Youth Awards banquet. Good Luck Finalists. See you in Illinois!
Click here to view the 2013 Annual Report.
Click here to see the Progressive Genetic Herd Award Winners.
Click here to see the Protein Genetic Herd Award Winners.
Click here to view the 2013 Top Ten Milk, Fat, and Protein Cows.
Click here for the 2013 Genetic Honor Herds.
Click here to view 2013 Honor Roll Winners.
The April 2014 Top bull, cow, heifer, young sire lists are now available.
At 7 years and 2 months of age, Jaden Legacy Dipsy Jane owned by Hayden Hauschildt of Jaden Swiss Farm in Ellsworth, Wis. has reached the highest final type score recognized by the Brown Swiss breed, 94 points.
Jane recently scored ‘3E94’ with a Mammary Score of ‘E94’ and has a PTAT of +0.7.
She is a Blessing Mort Laura Legacy daughter that goes back to ‘3E91’ Beu Dell Polkem Daisy who made 169,201 pounds of milk, 7356 fat and 5507 protein lifetime (including record in progress.)
Each year, Jane consistently increases in milk production and final score. She is born in 2006 and on her fourth lactation. On twice a day milking, Jane gave 32,000 pounds of milk, 1103 pounds of fat and 1007 pounds of protein in 305 days. At age 6-11, Jane gave 153,935 pounds of milk, 6,046 pounds of fat and 5,064 pounds of protein lifetime.
For more information on the Brown Swiss classification program, Jane or other 94 point-cows contact BSCBA at 608-365-4474 or email email@example.com.
The office has been receiving many questions about Eartags and Tattoos. Here are the answers to questions that we have recently been asked:
Commonly Asked Questions with Tattoos & Registration Numbers
Do we have to tattoo the animals? Yes, it is a requirement of the Brown Swiss Association that all animals are tattooed.
Does the Brown Swiss Association provide me with a tattoo for the animal? No, the Brown Swiss Association does not give out parameters for tattoos, it is up to the breeder to decide and to provide at time of registration.
Can we use 840 tags and fair tags for Registration numbers? Yes, but this must be indicated on the application for registration or entered in the registration number space at the bottom of the on-line database registration page. The entire number needs to be entered and in the country code dropdown box, when either submitting a registration or ordering a pedigree, United States 840 needs to be selected.
Can 840 tags and fair tags count as tattoos? No, the animals must also be tattooed.
Can we change the Registration number of our animals to the 840 tag number? No, it is BSCBA policy not to change registration numbers once they are provided. The 840 tags must be linked to the vet information for show purposes, it will not affect the registration number already given. Also, since the registration number needs to correspond to ID number on cow’s test sheets, if an RFID tag is given to the animal after she already has a registration number, DO NOT change your animal’s ID on the test sheet to the RFID number. It needs to be the REGISTRATION number for her records to be received and reported in the Bulletin and for awards.
Can we cut out the tags in the ears? No, 840 tags must never be cut out of the ears it is a USDA requirement that the animals have them for health tracking purposes.
Where do I get a Premise ID? The State Department of Agriculture. Before RFID tags may be ordered, a Herd Premise ID is required.
My cow has RFID tags, but lost either the button or dangle tag, can I order another number or tag for the animal, do I need to? If your animal has lost one of its tags, but still has either the button or dangle tag remaining, no you do not need to request a new eartag or number for the animal. If both tags are lost, new tags for that animal will need to be ordered and a new RFID number will be issued, duplicate tags are not issued as this is a unique ID system. In the event an animal loses its ear tag and receives a new RFID number, the Registration number will remain the old RFID number and the animal will be identified with its TATTOO number.
Where do I order 840 RFID tags & which ones work for Expo? You can find a link for ordering tags on our website www.brownswissusa.com at there is a link that looks like an ear tag that you click on and takes you to the website to order the tags or you can go directly to http://www.shopbrownswiss.com/home.php. The options that work for Expo are option 4 and option 5. For questions regarding ordering of lost tags, please contact the tag distributer: 608-848-6455 (Ask for Leslie).
The approaching State Sale on March 8 at the Fayette County Fairgrounds, West Union, will be the 70th sale sponsored by the Iowa Brown Swiss Association.
J. Dairy Sci. 96 :2657–2660
J. R. Wright ,*1 G. R. Wiggans ,* C. J. Muenzenberger ,† and R. R. Neitzel †
* Animal Improvement P...
The Brown Swiss Association offers two complete program packages: BSA & PTPR. If you are having trouble deciding which is right for your farm, see the main differences below! Applications for BSA & PTPR are due January 31, 2014. Be sure to get them in soon to take advantage of tax breaks. Signing up for BSA/PTPR (being on DHIR official test and Classifying) will also get reduced rates on genomics.
The main differences between BSA/PTPR are listed below:
$100 herd fee + $17.50 per cow up to 75 cows. $16.00 for 76th cow and up.
Free registrations and pedigrees for 6 months and under, not including ETs and males.
Maximum registration fee for females over 6 months, ETs is $15.00.
All male registrations are $50 (includes parentage)
$100 herd fee + $11.00 per cow regardless of number of cows. (Lower initial cost)
Free pedigrees for 6 months and under (No free registrations)
(long-term cost savings, but potentially more cost savings!)
PTPR maximum registration fee for any females is $25.
All males are $50 (includes parentage)
Which program is right for me?
-For breeders that do a lot of registrations or have large herds, consider BSA.
-For breeders that do not do a lot of registrations, have small herds or do mainly ET work, consider PTPR.
Both Programs include: 1st Class Brown Swiss Bulletin, One Membership, Opportunities for Production Individual and Herd Awards, One free Classification and Discount on second Classification.
Read more about BSA/PTPR
The REAL Seal Company last summer asked the public to suggest names for the REAL Seal Character. The Iowa Brown Swiss Princess, Kathryn Appler, was on...
National Total Performance Winner
This year’s National Total Performance Winner, V B Hillpoint Pronto Zip ET 68102868 hails from Voegeli Far...
SCF James Vix 917282 is the newest 94-Point cow, scored in December. Vix was bred by Cason Moyers, TX, and is owned by Adam and Nathan Goldenberg of McGregor, TX.
A New Fillable Form to Request Genomic, DNA & Abnormality test kits is available on the website! Payment is still required at the time of kit request via check, credit card or credit card on file. Please download the form to your desktop and save a copy of the blank form to use in the future. Email completed forms to firstname.lastname@example.org. Programs & Activities Coordinator Stephanie Lemay is available for questions on genetic testing at ext. 10. Robin Spoden is available to answer billing questions at ext. 22.
Congratulations to the Brown Swiss Juniors that showed at the NAILE.
Thank you to Hoard's Dairymen for capturing highlights of the show. Enjoy!
The newest 94-point cow, Blue Heaven Snoball Twin ET 906925, was scored in October 2013. She was bred by Thomas Smithling, Seneca Castle, NY, and is owned by Justin P. Whitney, Fort Ann, NY.
A haplotype impacting stillbirth (referred to as BH2 at present) has been identified by Swiss and Austrian Researchers. A haplotype is a combination of alleles (DNA sequences) at adjacent locations on a chromosome that are inherited together. When a calf inherits a haplotype from both the sire and dam as a homozygous recessive, it may be stillborn or die soon after birth. In Europe, two calves that died shortly after birth have been discovered as homozygous for BH2.
Currently, the Brown Swiss Cattle Breeders’ Association (BSCBA) is working to compile a list of BH2 carriers derived from monthly genomic results. Further research is being gathered in the U.S. and tests are in process to determine if stillborn calves that have been found as having carrier parents are homozygous for BH2. Watch the Brown Swiss website and Brown Swiss Bulletin for future updates on BH2 and BH2 lists. Making efforts to avoid inbreeding when selecting matings will also assist in avoiding stillbirth, SMA, SDM, BH2 and other potential genetic defects that have not yet been discovered.
From New Fertility and stillbirth haplotypes and changes in haplotype status
By Paul Van Raden, Dan Null, Jana Hutchison and Tabatha Cooper (USDA-AIPL):
“The BH2 carrier frequency gradually increased from 4% before 1980 to 20% today. Nearly all carriers trace to U.S. Brown Swiss bull 144488 Rancho Rustic My Design born in 1963. Schwarzenbacher et al. (2012 EAAP meeting) discovered BH2 (which they labeled 19-1) on chromosome 19 at a range of 10.6-11.7 Mbase. The effect of BH2 is significant in both U.S. and Austrian data for stillbirth (not fertility), and the rate of calf loss is similar to the previously known defect SMA. No homozygotes for BH2 were found in U.S., Austrian, or Intergenomic Brown Swiss genotypes even though 29 were expected. Swiss and Austrian researchers recently identified 2 BH2 homozygous calves born with low birth weight that died from poor immune response, and are now using sequence data to locate the mutation causing the calf loss.”
Do you have an animal that you want genomic tested? Click on the link below for a description of fees, types of tests and how to go about improving your genetics through genomic testing!
Three more cows have taken 94-Point honors.
New View Swiss Sale Averages $2500 on 197 head
From: Purebred Publishing, Columbus, Ohio
A super market of Brown Swiss genetics was offered for ...
Lease Applications are due June 1st, due to office with ORIGINAL registration application
Please send in ORIGINAL Registration Certificates with Lea...
Congratulations to the newest 94 point cow Jo-Dee Prestige Kaluwa!
Jo-Dee Prestige Kaluwa scored 2E94 in February. Kaluwa is bred and owned by ...
Forest Lawn Whistler Molly classifies 2E94 in June. Molly was bred by Forest Lawn Farm LLC, Wausau, Wisconsin, and is currently owned by Rottinghaus and Woods LLC of Madison, Wisconsin. Her current milk record is 23,410m 3.8% 901f 3.3% 783p. She was All American 4 Year Old in 2010 and 1st 4 year old cow at the Central National Show in 2010.
Reminder that rushes need to be paid prior to processing. Any rushes ordered within 72 hours of the show deadline will be charged $50. All other...
A new E94-cow joined the ranks in May. Jo-Dee Prelude Nancy ET was scored 2E94 with an E94 mammary. She is owned by Jodi Coppini of Tillam...
Dublin-Hills Treats scored EX-94 during the March classification tour of New York and New England. Owned by Elite Dairy of Copake NY, Treats is the 2011 International Brown Swiss Show Champion and nominated All-American Component cow. Calving at 06/01/2011, Treats is in her 4th lactation. At 4-11 she gave 24,090m 1141f 890p which equates to 29,061 lbs Energy Corrected Milk. She was bred by Nichelle Upton of Thurmont, MD. Congratulations to the both the breeder and owners of Treats!
Any bull to be registered now requires a Low Density Parentage Verification Genomic Test at the time of registration. The new bull registration fee is $50 and includes the test. The Genomics Test Kit will not be sent until the $50 registration payment is received from the bull's owner.
Director Districts have been changed to balance membership numbers.