Early Conformation Improvements
Hans Ulrich wanted a cow that would not only be a top producer of milk but one that
would also look good and have some beef characteristics. These few photos show a
development in his breeding program, that was later imitated by his son, George, in the
conformation of the cows he bought or bred.
One of Hans Ulrich's earliest Cows. This was the beginning of a career based on
selection for conformation.
The cow Stina. Already an improvement in conformation is evident. This cow is
deeper than the earlier one.
This is the cow Kroni Unterland. This cow was so far
advanced in "design" that she just doesn't fit the mold of conformance
improvement. She is included here to show that if there is an exceptional "one
in a million" animal that appears on the scene AND if she is proven to pass on these
characteristics to her offspring, she must be used in the breed. Hans used Kroni,
his favorite cow of all time to improve his herd for many years. Ricco
TWO 7C is another one of these "one in a million" types of animals that is
currently available in the breed.
Further improvements still. This cow is deeper, squarer and has a nicer udder.
This is the cow Holda. Further improvements still. Notice the depth, udder and
height of this cow.
This is the cow Perle Fallanden. The conformation is enhanced with performance in
Milk without the loss of beef potential.
This is the cow Dorli Stafa. This photo was taken at the end of the lactation where
she became the first Braunvieh cow to produce 10,000kg of milk in 300 days. Extreme
performance with beautiful conformation. Remember this was 50 years ago.
This is Vreneli Egg. She is the daughter of Dorli (above) She was the grand champion
at the National Exhibition in Laussane in 1964. Some said she should be the first
cow to get 100 points. This was George's favorite cow.
This is Ardena Schamserberg. She was considered the nicest cow in Switzerland at
this time. She won every show she was entered in. Truly Hans' and George's
quest for conformation was successful.