Animals, Carriages, Sensations
Farm livestock will be exhibited and receive awards on a 7,500 square-metre display area in Hall 25, the Livestock Hall
Berlin, 10 December 2014 – Covering 7,500 square metres, Hall 25 is the largest on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds, which will be the venue for the 80th time for the International Green Week Berlin (16 -25 Jan.). The open design enables visitors to view the finest examples of horse breeding, Uckermark cattle, sports ponies, goats, sheep, pigs, alpacas, water buffalo, Highland cattle and an aurochs, as well as some fascinating demonstrations and competitions, in stadium-like surroundings. The elevated position of the restaurant in the visitor centre provides a fine view of the presentations, while enjoying the tasty food available there. All these features ensure that the Livestock Hall is a major attraction for trade visitors and the general public alike.
Large national displays and endangered sheep
Three times each day, starting on19 January, the Livestock Hall will be offering a colourful programme of displays and presentations of various breeds. From 16 to 18 January some 90 stallions will be competing for the title of national champion at the 4th FN National Stallion Show for Sport Ponies. Prizes will be awarded for the finest examples from the newest breed of beef cattle in Germany on 23 and 24 January during the 4th National Uckermark Show. The German Karakul sheep has been chosen as the ‘Endangered Domestic Breed of the Year for 2015’. Eight brood ewes and one dozen lambs from this breed can be seen in the Livestock Hall.
The Schwäbisch Hall Rural Producers’ Association is exhibiting one of its Schwäbisch-Hall sows together with piglets. The breed owes its origins to King Wilhelm I of Württemberg, who introduced a number of Chinese Meishan pigs into the breeding programme around the year 1820. These animals have a distinctive dark pigmented head and rump and are renowned for their robustness and resistance to stress. Gourmets appreciate their delicate, succulent meat with a natural layer of bacon and excellent flavour.
Alpacas, water buffalo, Highland cattle and an aurochs
Alpacas, also known as pacos, originate from the Andes in South America and are a domesticated camel-like breed used mainly as a source of wool. Three cuddly examples are on show at the Green Week. The Pustertal in South Tyrol is the home of the eponymous breed of cattle. Depending on the distribution of the markings on their coat they are referred to either as ‘schecken’ (large patches of colour) or ‘sprinzen’ (brindled). When fully grown the cows can weigh up to 800 kilograms. Also on show in the Livestock Hall for the duration of the Green Week are a water buffalo cow and calf. Visitors to the Green Week are sure to admire the five Highland heifer calves, with their fleecy heads and brindled brown or yellow coats. Auerochs normally spend the entire year out of doors, but during the Green Week one of the finest examples of this breed will be feeling just as much at home in the Livestock Hall, as will the entire group of Brindled calves, along with the many sheep and goats.
Berlin-Brandenburg Indoor Carriage Driving Cup
Sunday, 25 January 2015, is the date for the ninth staging of the Berlin-Brandenburg Indoor Carriage Driving Cup competition at the Green Week. Up to twelve four-wheeled, two-horse carriages will be competing with one another against the clock as they negotiate an obstacle course. The driver sits on a box seat, while his passenger stands on a small platform behind him, leaning right over in some of the sharper curves to prevent the carriage from leaving the track. The winners of the four first places will be rewarded with prizes in cash and in kind.