Doing a happy dance here. Just been offered 2 new cows. The one is a full Jersey and the other 1/2 Jersey and 1/2 Brown Swiss. I have never had a brown swiss and was just wondering how different their milk tastes? Will be using most of their milk to make Cheese and Yoghurt so not sure if there will be any difference in flavour etc?
i love my brown swisse girl. she makes better milk than Betty who was half jersey. Anna also has a nicer temperament and is generally obliging. nothing against Jerseys (they are lovely) but I love my BS girl very much. she is a forever cow :-)
Annabelle the Jersey x Brown Swisse... I'm a lazy milker and so is she. But it makes good butter so the milk is quality!
Post by lavachequirit on Nov 24, 2012 3:15:18 GMT -5
My cow is half brown Swiss and she is wonderful, calm, kind and gives us delicious milk
Living in the mountains in the south of France with;
Barney, my lovely partner in crime
Danny (Swiss brown X limousine) cow
Monty (montbeliarde heifer)
2 pigs (tamworth X gloucester old spot)
Quite a number of chickens!
1 cat and 2 dogs
And 2 wild children!!!
Cocoa is half and half and gives "jersey" flavored milk and has a Brown Swiss temperament. Brown Swiss are less curious than Jersey, less likely to get into something she shouldn't but takes longer to adapt to changes.
losingcreekfarm.blogspot.com/ Lamancha dairy goats
Tinkerbelle and Anna II
Belle-AKA Miss Swiss-Braunvieh
Cocoa-Brown Swiss/Jersey-The most wonderful cow I've had the pleasure to milk!
Assorted hens and roosters
Post by hippygoatldy on Nov 24, 2012 8:46:13 GMT -5
Comgratulations! Hopefully my crazy hostein "took" and I will be getting a half holstein half BS calf...if a heifer I want to then breed to a jersey bull...and hope for a heifer, so we have a holxBSxJersey....I know, this is crazy but lik eyou I make cheese and am looking for the high butterfat...Good Luck!
Married with kids! Loving life and having our own farm. 1 Jersey Cow, Rose, her heifer calf Violet, a recently acquired Jersey heifer, Daisy and 2 bull calves headed for freezer camp. 3 dogs, 6 goats, 5 kids (two leggers)
I'd go for the cross. You get hybrid vigor with a cross which can mean fewer health problems and a hardier animal, and the calmer Brown Swiss temper should tone down the more active, higher strung Jersey side. And everything I've read on heer about Brown Swiss says they make great family cows. Lucky, lucky you!
well I am definately going to agree with you on the BS temprement. We fetched the new girls yesterday and she is just amazing!! What a kind loving girl. She loves attention and is just so chilled. My kids are loving giving her cuddles scratching her ears! She has been super easy to milk and just stands still til we are finished without any bother.
The jersey on the other hand was another story to milk. She has only ever been machine milked so didn;t like the hand milking thing. Wow talk about a bucking bronco!! She kicked like a tropper and even after tying her she was mad but we persevered and now she is standing still and letting us milk her. But she is quite a fiesty little girl She has become good friends with my older Jersey who is also quite fiesty and the BS has become friends with my other older super docile Jersey.
Would definately get another BS if I could. Really holding thumbs that she is carrying a hieffer!
I just brought my BS girl home today. She's a little standoffish and I can't get too close to her now but she is definitely calm. I can't say that I have noticed that my jersey girls are all that high strung though. They are all relatively calf and easy going.
Rachel Klessig Wife to Matt MOM (Mommy Of Many) to Danial, Jacob, Isaac, Clara, Sarah, and twin girls Anna and Emma
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