OB breeding goal

The Swiss Original Braunvieh (OB) shall remain a dual purpose breed, namely a dairy and a beef breed. Besides a good and reliable milk performance, much importance is given to muscle development, i.e. beef performance. Original Brown cattle can be some centimeters smaller and have a slightly lower milk production. The other criteria listed under “Swiss Brown Cattle” apply to OB cattle as well.

 Setting the breeding goal for 2016
 BV OB (incl. ROB)
in measures and figures
a)Milk yield  

Breeding value for cows:

  Genetic gain per year, milk +60 kg + 30 kg

Genetic gain per year, protein

+2 kg +1 kg
  Phenotypic values:    
  Performance gain per year

  Adult cows kept under lowland conditions 8500 kg 7500 kg
  Milk content  protein 3.5%
  Persistency  85 % a
b)Functional traits  
  Productive life (EBV) positive genetic trend
  Life performance at culling (lowland) 35‘000 kg 30‘000 kg
  Udder health (BV cell count) positive genetic trend 


  BV Waiting period

positive genetic trend

  BV Non Return Rate positive genetic trend
  Service period (phenotypic) below 120 days below 110 days

Frame, pelvis, feet and legs, udder, teats

positive genetic trend


Big adult cows

140 –152 cm 135 – 145 cm
d)Beef performance
  Daily gains   1’400 g / day
  Fleshiness   high amount of C to T+