Around 33,000 animals sold and a turnover of just under 19 million euros: the upper franconia cattle breeders' association once again achieved an outstanding result in the past year.
After last year's big animal show, chairman georg hollfelder from litzendorf in the district of bamberg was able to announce another event highlight at the annual meeting: to mark the 120th anniversary of the farmers' self-help organization, the quibi will be held on sunday, 18 sunday. March, a rough livestock show was held in the livestock hall in bayreuth.
Such events also always attract a city audience and are thus the best advertising for agriculture, said bayreuth's deputy mayor thomas ebersberger. He described the association as the most modern marketing facility for simmental cattle and calves, which regularly achieves good prices with high-quality animals.
The past year was marked by recovering milk prices and acceptable cattle prices, said chairman georg hollfelder. Here, the strength of the upper franconian fleckvieh as the ancestral breed had become apparent. Hollfelder criticized what he considered to be the exaggerated consumer demands. "Everyone wants to pay more, at least until they get to the checkout", so hollfelder.
According to the figures of breeding manager markus schricker, the turnover of the association had increased from 18.2 to 18.9 million euros in the past business year.
The number of marketed animals increased from 32,600 to 32,799. The figures were mainly for exports.
Overall, both the number of cattle farms and the number of animals declined last year. According to the breeding director, there were 1361 member farms in upper franconia with a total of 71,201 animals. That's 63 fewer member companies and 204 fewer cows than the year before.
This corresponds to the average decline of the past years of about five percent, said schricker. The city and district of bayreuth were also in line with the trend, with a current total of 339 member companies with a combined 19,532 animals. The number of farms in the bayreuth area had decreased by 18, the number of animals by eight.
In the council elections held just a few days ago, hollfelder was confirmed in his office as chairman. New deputy chairman is thomas erlmann from waldau, new third chairwoman christiane bohm from neuhaus bei aufseb.
An honor was bestowed on werner zolleis, who worked for the cattle breeding association for almost 33 years.