In 2009 the Brown Swiss Historical Society adopted a program to annually recognize people important to the continuing progress of the Brown Swiss breed. Two awards are given annually - an Active Master Breeder Award and a Historical Master Breeder Award honoring individuals that successfully developed a breeding program that accentuated cow families, especially those that contributed significantly to the advancement of the breed. Active breeders are those who have had transactions with the BSA in the previous year. The historical award recognizes a breeder that is retired or has passed on.

The master breeder program has recognized several deserving active breeders since its inception in 2010.; In the historical category, the winners also have been very deserving and truly brought Brown Swiss history to life. The recognition ceremonies are held annually at the National Convention.

Members of the Brown Swiss community are invited to nominate individuals for either award, including information on why they are worthy. The new nominees are added to those from past years who met criteria to stay on the ballot. A ballot is prepared and distributed. Anyone is eligible to vote. The winners are tabulated and the presentations are made at the National Convention.

The awards are sponsored by Leon N. Button, Vine Valley Farms, Rushville, New York in memory of his father, Leon W. Button.



Active Breeder Award Winners

2010 - Wayne E. Sliker, St. Paris, Ohio

2011 - Bob and Steve Blessing, Ft. Wayne, Indiana

2012 - Darrell Worden, Forest Lawn Farm, Wausau, Wisconsin

2013 - Roger Nierman, Long Lane, Brownstown, Indiana

2014 - Larry and Julie Kruse, Kruse's Swiss, Earlville, Iowa

2015 - Richard and Donna Hill, Cattaraugus, New York


Historical Breeder Award Winners

2010 - Vernon Hull, New Vernon, New Jersey

2011 - Norman E. Magnussen, Lake Mills, Wiscsonsin

2012 - Jacob, Jake and Howard Voegeli, Voegeli Farms, Monticello, Wisconsin

2013 - "Wm" (Bill) and Velva Notter, Venture Farm, Holyoke, Colorado

2014 - Leon W. Button, Vine Valley Farm, Rushville, New York

2015 - Orbec Sherry, Viroqua, Wisconsin



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