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The Brown Swiss Cattle Breeders’ Association recently recognized Jenlar Holsteins and Brown Swiss, of Chilton, WI as the recipient of a National Award for their Brown Swiss dairy herd. Operated by Larry and Jennifer Meyer, the family has been milking cows for more than four generations. While they milk a total of 130 head, only about 20 of them are Brown Swiss using robots.
This is the second year in a row that the Meyers have received the Ira Inman PTPR Trophy, which is based on a total progressive dairy program including breeding, feeding and management. Winners are determined by assigning point values to protein, butterfat, milk, classification, percentage records received and number of years on DHIR official test. This award has four divisions based on herd size. The Meyer’s fall into Group 1, milking 10-29 registered Brown Swiss cows.
According to Jennifer, the brown swiss are a part of their family heritage as the family descended from Switzerland, where Brown Swiss originated. “We enjoy showing the Brown Swiss,” says Jennifer. “The kids love working with them.” The Meyers believe in breeding for a balanced cow. They like to see high type with the ability to perform. “They need to work hard and produce well in order to stay in the herd,” adds Jennifer.