There used to be a man, about 30 minutes from me, who bred and raised some of the nicest looking brown Swiss I've ever seen. He'd lease them to a dairy just North of him and a few of the calves were shown in 4-H by his grand kids. Now he only has about 3 left.
Been breeding some of our high % Angus and AngusxShorthorn cows to Braunvieh sires the last year or two - I've wanted some Brown Swiss or Braunvieh cattle for 30 years, and finally got around to doing it.
Really nice calves. Did get some brindles out of red and red-carrier cows, and one or two that have that Braunvieh coloration, but most are gonna be black... though, as calves, it looks like it's a 'different' sort of black...will have to see how they shed off that baby haircoat.
Don't know that I'm gonna go higher than halfbloods... but if some of these Braunvieh-cross heifers pan out well, they might get AI'ed another round with some Braunvieh semen to make some 3/4s.
My Brown Swiss has thrown a chocolate Brown heifer with some of the shading they get, the other calf is tan with black nose from the black Simangus bull. I think they are beautiful but would love to see a true Brown Swiss/Braunveih coloured calf... probably have to be purebred for that?