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October 21, 2019

Pedigree farm animals and pets on display

In 2020 the popular livestock halls at the Green Week will focus on robust cattle and endangered breeds, as well as the equestrian event HIPPOLOGICA and the World of Pets

For experts and the general public alike they are among the biggest attractions at the International Green Week Berlin: Halls 25 and 26, the Livestock Halls. From 17 to 26 January 2020 they will be the venue for displays of farm animals with their proud breeders, and these animals will also be competing with one another. Throughout the fair many different breeds will be featured in fascinating presentations. They will include various breeds of sheep and goats as well as all kinds of horses, from the small mini-Shetland ponies to the large Percheron heavy horses and the Vladimir heavy draft horse, originally bred in Russia and now a breed under threat of extinction. Highly qualified specialists will be available to explain many details about the appropriate type of care and husbandry for different kinds of animals. From 17 to 19 January the 4th National Show ‘black red gold – robust' will be taking place in the Livestock Hall, No. 25, featuring over 200 beef cattle. With the cattle dog known as the Westerwälder Kuhhund, and Pustertaler cattle, the Society for the Preservation of Old and Endangered Domestic Breeds (GEH) will be presenting the breeds that have been selected as the Endangered Breeds of 2020. From 24 to 26 January the event known as HIPPOLOGICA will cover all aspects of equestrian sports. The Green Week’s equestrian event is a fascinating occasion for horse enthusiasts with its large show ring and a stadium atmosphere, offering everything from vaulting competitions to an exciting course for two-horse carriages and a jumping competition. Once again, the Pet Experience will be in Hall 26c with its bipeds and quadrupeds, and every kind of furry, scaly and feathered pet.

4th National Show ‘black red gold – robust’

During the first weekend at the fair over 200 heavy cattle will be participating in the 4th National Show in Hall 25, the Livestock Hall. Between 17 and 19 January 2020 seven breeds will be entered for the 4th National Show ‘black red gold – robust’. The national and reserve winners in the categories of bulls, cows and heifers will be chosen from each of the seven extensively grazed beef cattle breeds: Dexter, Galloway, Hereford, Highland Cattle, Salers, Welsh Black and Dwarf Zebu. There will also be a competition for young breeders where the next generation can display their skills. In addition to providing high quality meat, beef cattle also contribute to biodiversity and the retention of many varied landscape structures because their grazing can help to prevent poorer types of land from becoming overgrown.

Endangered Domestic Breeds 2020

With Pustertaler cattle and the cattle dog known as the Westerwälder Kuhhund, in 2020 the Society for the Preservation of Old and Endangered Domestic Breeds (GEH) is presenting a working team that has proved its effectiveness for centuries. A herder moves through small valleys and along the edges of woodlands, accompanied by his working dog, which has been specially bred to guard and herd cattle. The names of the two breeds, Pustertaler and Westerwälder, are an indication that they belong to completely different regions, but nowadays they share one thing in common: both are threatened with extinction, which is why they are included on the GEH Red List.

The cattle that owe their name to the Pustertal valley are among the oldest known breeds, with origins that go back to Celtic times. Nowadays they are mainly found in South Tyrol, Austria and Germany, and number some 950 animals. The Westerwälder Kuhhund is a dog that originated in the Westerwald and Siegerland regions and is known as a hardworking and independent dog for herding sheep and cattle. Its firm control of the animals under its care and its unflinching nature make it ideal for use with cattle in particular, and especially suckler cows. Each year since 1984 the GEH has selected an Endangered Breed, drawing attention to the fact that a loss of diversity affects not only wild animals and wild plants but also agriculture.

HIPPOLOGICA: Experience the fascination of equestrian sports

This is a great opportunity to experience a show jumping tournament live, a vaulting competition or to share in the excitement of a two-horse carriage on a narrow course: from 24 to 26 January all this is available in Hall 25, the Livestock Hall at the Green Week, at HIPPOLOGICA, the equestrian sports event. The regional equestrian sports association Landesverband Pferdesport Berlin-Brandenburg e. V. invites the best riders from the region and neighbouring German states to compete here. The live atmosphere at these competitions offers guaranteed excitement. The highlight is the HIPPOLOGICA Grand Prix, a prize that is traditionally awarded on the final day of the fair.

The World of Pets in Hall 26c

The whole family can enjoy seeing these animals. In Hall 26c the World of Pets features all kinds of popular, rare and unusual pets. The organisation Verein Berliner Pro-Kat e. V. is presenting such elegant examples of cats as the Siberian Forest Cat, Somali, Cornish Rex, Maine Coon, Ragdoll, British Shorthair and Persian. The German aquarium and terrarium association Verein für Aquarien- und Terrarienkunde e. V. – Berlin-Brandenburg is presenting a colourful and dazzling underwater world. Advice will be available here from experts on aspects such as the correct way to care for these exotic creatures, including the right food, the right temperature and ventilation, and tips on how to clean aquariums.

There will be daily presentations of dogs on an activity area, to delight young and old alike. They will include German Shepherds, Leonbergers, Poodles, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Eurasians, Dalmatians, Basset Hounds, Yorkshire Terriers, Dachshunds, Greyhounds, Lhasa Apsos and Tibetan Terriers, Hunting Spaniels, Hungarian Sheepdogs, Fox Terriers, Spitzes and many other breeds, including a new addition, the Chow Chow. The Berlin Veterinarian Association will be dealing with queries about the correct and responsible way to care for dogs. They will be giving lectures about preventive health care and will also be answering legal questions. The private Berlin Zoological Museum will fascinate visitors with its stick insects, praying mantises and bullfrogs. Hairy bird-eating spiders can be safely viewed in their terrariums. There are also rodents, bearded dragons and snakes, in fact, something for everyone. A local organisation devoted to donkeys, Esel-Freunde im Havelland e.V., will be staging its own displays. Alpaka Niemann will be presenting these gentle animals with their beautiful large eyes. Beekeepers from Berlin and Brandenburg are also attending with a large display of their swarms. Information about bee-keeping in the city and taster courses for would-be bee-keepers is also available.

Endangered Domestic Breeds (GEH)
Antje Feldmann
T: +49 (0)5542 1864,

4th National Show ‘black-red-gold – ROBUST’
Ramona Dräger
T: +49 33207 533 025,

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