World Simmental Fleckvieh Congress
A grand showcase at just the right time
After more than 25 years, the time has finally come again, as Austria will once more host the World Simmental Fleckvieh Congress from August 30 to September 4, 2022. The main conference venue is the Parkhotel Schönbrunn in Vienna. This means that the technical contents of the first part of the congress (from Tuesday to Friday) will also take place in and around Vienna. We will then move on to Linz and Freistadt, where we will present the country’s best and most beautiful Fleckvieh cows to a national and international audience at the National Fleckvieh Show during the weekend of September 3 and 4. An elite auction and the next edition of the FleckScore World Cup are planned for Saturday evening.
For our international guests, especially for those from the more distant parts of Europe and from other continents, we are organizing a post-conference Agrotour to different regions in Austria. Until September 8, our guests will have the opportunity to visit other leading Fleckvieh breeding farms. In addition, Austria’s culture and nature will also feature prominently.
What do we want to show to the world?
As the country with the largest number of Fleckvieh in proportion to its country-specific breed share, Austria is on the path to success. We have seen positive developments in almost all our breeding parameters. Major progress has been made in the performance of the animals, which was and is an important factor for the international visibility of Fleckvieh from Austria. At the same time, the breed’s core strengths in udder health, fertility and robustness have been maintained through economically sound weighting of the total merit index.
Fleckvieh – dual-purpose in perfection
Its suitability for dual-purpose use is the breed’s true trump card. The ability to combine milk and meat in one pure-bred animal is an economic aspect that clearly speaks in favor of Fleckvieh. The option of using animals that are not needed for breeding to produce high-quality beef is part of the solution to today’s challenges of sustainability and environmental efficiency. The fact that the promotion of dual-purpose cattle and poultry has, for the first time, also become government policy in Austria, confirms that the Fleckvieh breed is on the right track in terms of public perception.
As the host country of the World Simmental Fleckvieh Congress, our aim is to demonstrate the economic and ecological advantages of our Fleckvieh. At the same time, the focus will also be on global megatrends and their impact on cattle breeding and agriculture as a whole.
On the one hand, global challenges such as digitalization and the associated accelerated development of new technologies are now being felt across all sectors. On the other hand, the climate impact of cattle is currently the subject of heated public debates.
By choosing “Fleckvieh Changes” as the motto of the congress, we want to show that we are not only aware of the challenges, but that we can also offer convincing answers. Fleckvieh is changing the world of cattle, as it enables dairy farming with robust, pure-bred cows and is the most eco-efficient form of livestock production.
The Austrian Way – Fleckvieh Changes!
On average, the Austrian Fleckvieh cow produces more than four calves in her lifetime. Fleckvieh thus leads the international rankings of cattle breeds in terms of longevity, sustainability and efficiency.
And with genomic selection, we have a modern tool for cattle breeding at our disposal. Our consistent efforts to implement the joint breeding program have produced the desired results. In particular, these improvements are reflected in the fitness traits, and in future, we also expect progress with regard to new traits such as claw health, metabolic stability, feed efficiency or the cows’ ecological footprint.
“Fleckvieh Changes” also applies in the sense what we, in contrast to others, continue to be optimistic about the prospects of keeping high-level breeding in the hands of farmers and of being able to implement a holistic breeding strategy. This is only possible through consistent breeding work and the consistent use of modern techniques. Effective genome selection requires that the breeding population be as large as possible, which in turn makes intensive international cooperation essential.
Strengthening international cooperation and disseminating the successful genetics of Fleckvieh worldwide is also one of the goals of the 2022 World Simmental Fleckvieh Congress in Austria.
We look forward to seeing all friends of Fleckvieh in Austria again in the late summer of 2022.
Ing. Sebastian Auernig