The information below has been supplied by dairy marketers and other industry organizations. It has not been edited, verified or endorsed by Hoard’s Dairyman.Cutting Edge Stratus Sue ‘3E94/95ms’ is the new National Fat and Protein Record Champion for the Brown Swiss breed. This amazing Brown Swiss cow has completed a record of 9-06 365d 2x 60,546m 6.8% 4,097f 3.6% 2,208p Sue is owned by Ronald Kelm, Markesan, WI.
This record breaks the previous 365-day Fat Record of 3,613 pounds held by RNR Supreme Janna ‘V89’, owned by the Ron Michalovich Family, Lakeville, OH.
This record also tops the previous 365-day Protein Record of 2,031 pounds held by Lost Elm Prelude Pixy ET ‘2E93’, owned by Jason Luttropp, Berlin, WI. Pixy still holds the 365-day National Milk Record at 65,430 pounds. The records listed, made by Sue, Jenna and Pixy, all are on 2-times-a-day milking.
“Sue is yet another example of the outstanding production capabilities the Brown Swiss breed offers. Not only did Sue set new National Records for both Fat and Protein, she parceled them with 60,546 pounds of milk on 2x milking,” points out Norman C. Magnussen, Executive Secretary. “Large amounts of milk are one thing; but when coupled with components, you can see the added value gained with Brown Swiss.” Her just-completed lactation converts to 89,746 pounds of Energy Corrected Milk.
On July 8, 2016, Stratus Sue sold in the Minnesota National Sale, consigned by her breeders, Ken Main and Peter Vail, Copake, NY. She had a 2/06 25,620 lbs. milk record at the time and had been Honorable Mention All American Sr. 2-Year-Old in 2014 and Nominated All American Sr 3-Year-Old in 2015. Ron Kelm set his eye on Sue and made her a part of his Power Line Swiss herd at Markesan, WI.
Stratus Sue continued to produce and look good doing it. She has calved 6 times, producing 266,870m 14,869f 9,938p to-date. Her latest classification has her at ‘3E94/95ms’. In 2018, she was Reserve Grand Champion at the International Brown Swiss Show to the Grand Champion Cutting Edge T Delilah ‘2E95/95ms’, the eventual 2x Supreme Champion at World Dairy Expo! “Sue is that one-of-a-kind cow,” explains Ron, “easy to work with, but has that love me on my terms demeanor.” She runs with the herd that consists of 60 milk cows in a tie-stall set-up.
There are 13 daughters of Sue on the ground, including Power Line Thunder Storm ET ‘E90/92ms’, her eldest daughter. Ron adds, “Sue is still milking, and I will be setting up more IVF work on her going forward. With her accomplishments and the fact her dam and grandam are both ‘2E92’ - *CERTIFIED* as well as having All American credentials, makes flushing her a no-brainer.”
The Brown Swiss Cattle Breeders’ Association of the USA, located in Beloit, WI, currently has about 1,800 combined adult and junior members, registering approximately 10,000 animals per year.