The European Championship is the most prestigious Holstein breed championship in the world. It happens every three years in one of the participating countries of the European Holstein and Red Holstein Confederation (EHRC). About 20 countries, represented by breeders, will participate in the event. This years event will take place in Colmar. Located in the heart of the Alsace region and of Europe (near the German and Swiss borders), Colmar is easily accessible from all French cities and European capitals.
History of the Event
In 1989 in Paris, France paved the way to what would become the European Championship, organising the first European breeders’ meeting. The event was then more of an animal exhibition. 6 countries participated in the event : Austria, Belgium, France, Italy, The Netherlands and West Germany. And they entered their best animals, cows and heifers, for the « General Agricultural Competition »..
This first European meeting aimed at presenting the genetic level, production and economic performance of the breed in each country.
As France hoped, the event evolved and eventually grew into what is now known as the European Championship .
The number of represented countries, the number of animals in competition, the coat colour, the production, the morphology, etc, are criteria which have evolved or have been added with each edition. .
The European Holstein breed Championship is now a full-fledged event, a renowned championship renommé, organised in turn by the EHRC member states.
France has excelled on several occasions. In 1996 in Brussels, the French group won the European Championship. In 2000, Nuée, Fatal’s daughter, became Junior Champion.
Then in 2006, not only did the French group win the European Championship but Ninon, one of Dombinator’s daughters,became Senior Champion.
In 2013, the event was held in Switzerland in Fribourg. On that occasion, 16 country delegations, including France, participated.
The Past Champions
- June 17th- 4pm CEST (10am EST) Red Holsteins & Group Classes
- June 18th- 10am CEST (4am EST) Young Breeders Showmanship
- June 18th – 12 Noon CEST (6am EST) Holstein Show
Different from the standard classes many North Americans would be accustomed to, the classes for the All-European Championships for Holstein and Red Holstein are as follows:
- Junior category: only 1st lactation cows, having calved, up to 32 months.
- Intermediate category: only cows having calved twice, up to 60 months as at 1 March 2013 (born 1 March 2008 or later).
- Senior category: only cows having calved three times or more (at least two completed lactations).
- 1st Lactation cows must make up at least 20% of a country’s contingent. The same applies to cows having calved twice.
- All cows must have been born in Europe and must have been recorded in the herdbook of the participating country since 1 March 2012 or before (subject to milk testing). All the cows and reserve cows must be registered by 25 January 2013 at the latest.
Holstein judge: Markus Mock, from Germany
Markus and his wife Kerstin own ‘Mox Holsteins’. They manage 130 Holsteins and 350 head in total and cultivate 130 ha with grass, corn/maize, wheat and barley. Since 2013 Markus is a member of the board and Vice President of Rinderunion Baden-Würtemberg (RBW).
Judging career: German Holstein Show, Oldenburg 1998 and 2009
Internationally: National Show UK (2011), National Show Austria (2008), National Show Denmark (2013), International Show Montichiari in Italy (2013), NRM National Show Netherlands (2012), National Show Finland (2011), National Show Portugal (2011), Asturias Regional Show in Spain (2012), Cantabria Regional Show Spain (2010), 2 National Brown Swiss Shows (Switzerland).
Language spoken: German and English
Red Holstein judge: Jaume Serrabassa Vila, from Spain
Jaume owned the Comas Novas farm, Barcelona, untill 2010 and still keeps some of his best cows in Cal Marquet farm (Best Breeder National Show 2013), where he has been technical director. Today he is Breeding Adviser at Triangle Holstein, and also he is a teacher at the Spanish National Young Breeders School and European School in Battice, Belgium.
Judging career: Jaume is an official CONAFE Judge since 1998 and since 2002 he is a member of the Spanish Judges Committee. He has also judged showmanship competitions in Spain. He has judged all major local shows and regional shows, including the Spring National Show CONAFE 2005 and 2009.
Internationally: Colombia, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Finland, UK, Portugal, Hungary and France.
Languages spoken: Spanish, English and Italian.
Zsolt Korösi is 44 years old, married with 3 children and a graduate of the University of Agricultural Sciences Godollo (Hungary). After 4 years classifier, Zsolt was, since 2000, responsible breeding and responsible technicians for the Hungarian association of breeders of Holstein-Friesian breed. Judge in Hungary, where he officiated several times on local and regional shows, he has extended his resume at international level by integrating in 1999 the program of harmonization of the School of European judges. Germany, France (Rennes – progeny group), Slovakia or the Czech Republic have in turn received.
It recognizes other competitions to his credit, including several national (Croatia, Estonia and Czech Republic) and regional (Sweden, Finland, Germany and Spain). Finally, Zsolt has a very good experience of the European Confrontation and presentation contest. He was a member of the Hungarian preparation team in Oldenburg and Cremona, trainer and supervisor for young presenters of the Hungarian team in Cremona and Freiburg, and largely responsible for the Hungarian team at the last three editions. He also ruled presentation competitions in Hungary, Finland, Sweden and Germany.
Ashlyn EX96, 6LACT, 10,5 years (Spain)
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