Membership types

With the program “Herdbook à la carte”, at Braunvieh Schweiz each breeder can choose the type of Herdbook membership that is best suited for him/her. The Brown Swiss Cattle Breeders’ Federation offers:

For Herdbook breeders:

  • BRUNA-Test: farms that actively participate in AI sire testing and are therefore required to perform the linear description and classification on all first-lactation cows.
  • BRUNA-Tradition: farms with natural service that systematically perform the linear description and classification on their young cows.
  • BRUNA-Basic: farms that are involved in Herdbook breeding but are not willing to assume any further obligations apart from milk performance testing.
  • BRUNA-Pedigree: HB farms that do not conduct any performance tests, but wish to have a pedigree certificate.

For non-Herdbook breeders:

  • BRUNA-Beef: farms that do not conduct any performance tests, but provide offspring from fattening bulls for replacement in suckler cow herds with Natura-Beef program.
  • BRUNA-Service: farms that request only individual services (e.g. milk content analyses).

Pedigree controls

In order to perform pedigree controls, it is necessary to submit DNA analyses for all the doubtful animals and their respective parents. Worldwide, 16 gene segments (microsatellites) have been defined for typing. Typing is performed through hair roots, blood or semen samples. The easiest method is with hair samples. As it is very important to have enough roots, the necessary hair must be pulled out and not cut. 

Breeding families/retention awards

By female breeding family we mean an ancestor dam with her male and female offspring. The ancestor dam must have been culled no longer than 2 years before.

By male breeding family we mean the male and female offspring of a Herdbook sire. In this case, focus is placed on the cows that are already in lactation. The ancestor bull must be dead.

At a so-called Halteprämienschau the offspring of a still living Herdbook sire are evaluated together with the father. All progeny reared in the surrounding area that are marked and older than 2 months have to be shown. If the progeny are assessed as valuable, a cash bonus is awarded for promoting further use of the sire in breeding programs.