I thought I'd ask y'all your opinion on the merits of the two breeds. You could find a Jersey in my home area, so I've run across them enough and information is pretty well-distributed. Brown Swiss seem to be more rare (read: expensive) but larger and not so lacking on the beef end. Our needs are fairly straightforward. We want a self-replenishing supply of reliable milk and meat for a family of eight. We currently go through half a gallon of milk a day, but milk has been restricted to cooking and pouring over cereal since it went $3+ per gallon. We could easily use up 1 and 1/2 gallons of just milk for the house. Now, I buy my butter and cheese and such but I've made them before, and probably would again if prices didn't make it an expensive hobby. I've never produced all of our dairy needs and so really don't know how much we would use when you factor in ice cream, butter, cheese, etc. As to beef, this family will eat as much as it can get. Feel free to toss out your thoughts and help me weigh the decision between a Jersey and a Brown Swiss. Appreciation and thanks in advance to all.