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German Dairy Show 2019: People, Cows and Emotions

This year’s German native cattle breed show organized by the “Bundesverband Rind und Schwein e.V. (BRS)” was designed very well and quite different than in previous years! However, a few things remained the same – the show took place on the same date, there were many cattle-enthusiastic spectators and most importantly, plenty of excellent cows in the show ring.

The two-day event “German Dairy Show”, showcasing a variety of German dairy breeds, began on Wednesday, June 26th, 2019 in the EWE-Arena in Oldenburg. The event started in the early evening with the Red Cattle/Angler and Brown Swiss cattle being judged simultaneously in two different show rings. Their critical and attentive judges were Ernst Grabner from Austria and Thomas Hannen from Tönisvorst, Germany.

Red Cattle / Angler

Red Cattle or Angler Cattle have an evenly deep red hair coat and descend from northern Schleswig-Holstein in Germany. Despite an extraordinary selection of young animals the “older ladies” with more calvings were in the lead of the division and ended up scoring the top positions. Rana, sired by Kollund and owned by Michael Petersen from Taarstedt, was awarded the Champion title, thanks to her highly attached udder and her overall excellent appearance. Coming in right behind her was Lina, sired by Dragomir and owned by Manfred Tobian from Schwedeneck.

Brown Swiss

Fuchsi, sired by Erafax and owned by Bernhard Fuchs GbR from Argenbühl-Eglofs was the clear winner of her class and the overall Champion amongst the Brown Swiss cattle. This cow surely impressed judge Grabner with her outstanding elegance and her excellent chest width. Youthfully elegant, typey cow Uganda, sired by Jucator and owned by R. Thönes and A. Kuppel from Kalkar-Grieth came in right behind her in second place.


Next up in the show ring were the deer-like Jersey cows and the well-muscled Simmental cattle. The two confident and calm judges remained the same, however. It sure stayed exciting in the show ring and pretty soon the next winner photos could be taken. One of the oldest Simmental cows was able to demonstrate how great a cow can look even after ten calvings! Blüte, sired by Wichtl and owned by Christian Zimmermann from Oberzent did not fail to impress the judge and the audience and was the well-deserved winner. Right behind her in second place was Ratina, sired by Manuap and owned by Matthias Rechner from Mudau-Reichenbach.


According to judge Hannen, the two leading cows in the division of Jersey cattle were demonstrating the ideal traits a Jersey cow should have. He only had overwhelmingly positive things to say about Prinzessin, owned by Christian Börsch and Alexandra Leuchten from Wippenfürth.  This cow sure did her name justice (Prinzessin is German for princess), receiving the Champion title amongst all Jerseys. Nelly, owned by Anna Hobbie from Wangerland came in right behind her with her highly attached udder and strong dairy type.

After the divisions of Jersey, Simmental, Brown Swiss and Angler cattle were completed, it was time for the selection of the winner among the Red and White and Black and White Holstein cattle. Not only the cattle breeds changed, but also different judges now entered the show ring. The Black and White Holstein heifers had to withstand the critical assessment of judge Markus Mock from Markdorf and the Red and White heifers were judged by Andrea Uhrig from Sulzbach.

Red and White Holsteins

Judge Andrea Uhrig was truly impressed by Specialred, sired by Awesome and owned by Jonas Melbaum from Haselünne. This cow is of strong dairy type and has excellent udder traits as well as great feet and legs. Another cow with great udder traits and strong dairy type came in second right behind her – NH Silky R, sired by Arvis and owned by Matthias Nosbisch from Nierweis.

Black and White Holsteins

Two exceptional Black and White Holstein heifers were clearly in the lead after the three classes of the division were completed. OHB Dream, sired by Atwood and owned by Friedrich-Wilhelm Gödeker from Varrel was already very successful at the Europe-Show in Libramont and she did not fail to impress at this event either! It came as no surprise that she scored first place and therefore pushed WFD Miss Diamond, sired by Diamondback and also experienced in European show rings, into the second place. It was a head to head race between these two outstanding cows that the spectators got to witness. Surely a close call between Dream with her excellent body capacity and Miss Diamond (owned by Wille, Rübesam, Melbaum und Kallaß, Herbergen) with her great body width.


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