Florian Götz was invited by the Colombian association AsoSimmental to judge the Fleckvieh Show at this years’ Agroexpo. This was not only a great honor but also an excellent new experience for the well-known breeder, judge and longtime chairman of the Bavarian Young Breeders Club. Florian Götz did his job with a lot of commitment. He made clear, quick decisions and explained the breeding goals of the dual purpose breed Fleckvieh to the audience in an easy to understand manner.
About 30 male and almost 150 female Fleckvieh animals were exhibited in over 40 classes. The animals all represented the dual purpose type and the quality of the animals in the upper segment was impressive. Most of the sires of the exhibited cattle were German and Austrian bulls. There were many Everest and Walch daughters, but also quite a few Mint and Huldig progeny.
Big success for Everest-progeny at the Agroexpo!
Everest daughters dominated many classes, in one case even 4 in a row. Furthermore. Moreover an Everest daughter bred by Diego Lopez was selected reserve champion of the older classes. The best progeny group of one farm came from La Rosita. This group also included Everest daughters.
German Fleckvieh genetics proves itself under various conditions
After the show, we were invited to visit some farms in Antioquia. Some of the farms had purebred Fleckvieh herds, others were dedicated to crossbreding with other dairy breeds and above all with zebuine breeds. Once again, the great adaptability of Fleckvieh to different farming systems and climatic conditions became obvious. In areas where the feed was adequate and the climate moderate, the production of the cows was comparable to ours in Germany. Especially on those farms where the breeders used the best genetics available through artificial insemination and embryotransfer the quality of the animals was impressive. Florian Götz, breeder of the sire Hutera, was delighted to see that Hutera progeny did very well in Colombia. On farms like Inversiones JAIBU one can see that the consistent use of top genetics results in excellent animals. These Fleckvieh cattle did not only perfectly represent the dual purpose type meanwhile present throughout Colombia but also showed how much feet & legs and udders improved through the past 3-4 generations.
We would like to thank our Colombian friends for the well organized tour and their hospitality! We enjoyed the lively discussions with the Colombian breeders very much!