Two words that describe Voegeli Farms: Brown Swiss. That’s the first thing you see when you pull into Bryan Voegeli’s farm and it will be one thing you’ll remember after you leave. Located in Monticello, Wisconsin, Voegeli Farms milks 250 registered Brown Swiss and runs 1300 acres. The farm started back in 1854 when Bryan’s ancestors emigrated from Switzerland and settled in the area. Bryan’s family has been farming for the last 165 years and for the last 130 years, they’ve only milked registered Brown Swiss.
Bryan is the 5th generation family farmer and with the help of his family and employees, they are always looking for new and innovative ways for improvement. Bryan couldn’t do it without the help of his brother Jim and his son Chris, who is now the 6th generation farmer to work on the Voegeli farmstead. Bryan is also thankful for all his employees, especially a few of his long-term employees, Brian Sherman, Mike Christen, and Beiker Vasquez. Bryan really appreciates everything they do on the farm.
They love working with their Brown Swiss cattle and the farm strives to improve their herd’s genetics and produce high component milk, which is great milk for cheesemaking. The farm has been with Chalet Cheese Co-op for about 25 years and is very excited to see where Chalet goes in the future.
Outside of farming you can always find the family at cattle shows and parades, showing off their beautiful Brown Swiss. Voegeli Farms is proud to live and be active in such a wonderful, and rich in Swiss heritage community. Bryan hopes that the Swiss heritage and farming ways continue to live on for generations. Voegeli Farms believes in sustainable agriculture so that future generations can also benefit from their approach to dairy farming.