The European Holstein and Red Holstein Competition is a highly anticipated event for international Holstein breeders.
Organised every three years by a member of the European Holstein and Red Holstein Confederation (EHRC), its programme includes the most prestigious Holstein and Red Holstein competition in Europe.
The event has returned to Belgium after 20 years and is being held at the Libramont Exhibition & Congress (LEC) in Libramont.
Preparations are well under way to welcome the upcoming Holstein Competition “Made in Belgium”. The doors will open in fewer than 50 days.
Nineteen countries have officially confirmed their participation in the event. 173 cows (133 Holstein and 40 Red Holstein) and 37 young breeders are expected to participate.
There is a great deal of suspense concerning the names of the candidate cows chosen by each country. They will be revealed through the national competitions at the beginning of March. Every federation is ready for action!
The table below shows the details of the participating countries as of 20 February 2019:
The number of cows participating is greater than at the last French edition. It should be noted that Portugal and Ireland have returned after many years of absence. Belgium, the host country, will participate with 16 animals. Latvia will be represented during the young breeders’ competition.
The international judges have been carefully selected by the European Holstein and Red
Holstein Confederation (EHRC):
- Red Holstein judge: Mr Markus Gerber (CH)
- Holstein judge: Mr Mark Nutsford (UK)
- Young breeders judge: Cord Hormann (D) and Michael Halliwell (UK)
THURSDAY, 11 APRIL 2019
Four Walloon farms will open their doors to Belgian and international visitors in advance of the Competition at Libramont.
• Bois Seigneur Holstein – Pussemier family – Ophain Bois Seigneur
• Hautmont Hill Holstein – Neuville family – Lierneux
• Herbagère Moureaux – Moureaux family – Flavion
• Horimetz Holstein – Feys family – Chièvres
Belgian Home sale: a silent auction will be organised at each of the farms by Roccafarm
Holstein. The breeders will offer about 40 high-quality animals at an affordable price for
TWO DAYS AT THE LIBRAMONT LEC
The LEC (Libramont Exhibition & Congress) will house the animals participating in the
competition as well as the national federation stands. Exhibitors from the sector will be also be present in the various exhibition halls, surrounded by animals. Each country will be determined to present their animals in the best way possible. The animals offered for the European Master Sale will also be present for the entire duration of the event.
FRIDAY, 12 APRIL 2019
10:00 am to noon : Young breeders Holstein clipping competition
2:00 pm to 2:45 pm: Opening ceremony
3:00 pm to 6:00 pm: Red Holstein Competition
7:30 pm: European Master Sale – the best of Holstein genetics will be up for sale
SATURDAY, 13 APRIL 2019
09:30 am to noon: Showmanship Competition
Noon to 6:00 pm: Holstein Competition
8:00 pm: Breeders’ evening – Meal tickets are available in advance via the online ticket service.
Share a convivial evening with many international visitors.
• Catering available on-site
• Preferential pricing for groups ([email protected])
• Visitor parking nearby
• Motorhome parking option (via online reservation)
• Bus/coach parking option (via online reservation)
Find more information at Holstein Libramont 2019.