Brown Swiss is a breed of dairy cattle that produces the second largest quantity of milk, with an average of 4% butterfat and 3.5% protein, making it excellent for production of cheese. They are known for a long gestation period, immense size, large furry ears, and an extremely docile temperament. The New York Brown Swiss Association was started by eight Brown Swiss breeders in 1949 forming an alliance to assist it's members in promoting the sale and demand for Brown Swiss cattle through advertising, promotional work with dairymen, dairy organizations, dealers. In 2010 the NY Brown Swiss Association grew to about 150 members with great potential for growth. The group is comprised of adult members and Junior members as well as past breeders and those with an interest in supporting the breed or organization.