Brown Swiss Cattle
Selected cattle | High-standard males and females
Since 1977, the Tamanduá Farm has been raising and selecting the Brown Swiss cattle breed, also called “Schwytz” in Brazil. Today, the Brown Swiss breed is rated second in quantity of milk yielded in the world.
Particularly well-adapted to the Brazilian climate, mainly due to its uniformly colored skin (like most Zebu breeds), it has no photosensitivity problems, and can stand ultraviolet radiation.
Their early sexual maturity (average of the first calving in Brazil at 30 months), rusticity that allows a simple diet, fertility (one calf per cow per year), longevity (from 5 to 6 calves in one life cycle), natural resistance to mastitis, solid limbs and feet, easy labors, and the fact that they can withstand thermal stress, are characteristics that helped the Tamanduá Farm to choose this breed and start its selection from 1977.
A rustic breed initially bred for triple aptitude (milk, cut, traction), originally from Switzerland, it is one of the oldest taurine breeds in the world. Its selection was increasingly oriented towards milk. Introduced in Brazil at the beginning of the 20th century, the Brown Swiss cattle yields an average of 22 kg/day. Its high-protein milk (two points more than Holstein cattle) is well-suited for cheese production.
After we stopped our cheese production in our SIF unit in the first half of 2020, our goal is to work, with the support and guidance of the Brazilian Association of Brown Swiss Cattle Breeders (ABCGPS), for the consolidation of the lineage and genetics that we have created over these 43 years.
Now, our goal is to sell high-quality animals from the Tamanduá Farm, purebred and crossbred, male and female, to friends who also breed cattle and want to bet on this breed and selection, which is exceptionally well acclimatized, so they can see this “in loco.”