"World-Congress" of the Murnau-Werdenfelser cattle
Murnau Werdenfelser - robust.durable.special
At the beginning of July 2020 more than 250 breeders and supporters of the breed Murnau-Werdenfelser came to the insemination station Greifenberg for the "Evening of the Murnau Werdenfelser" and accepted partly very long journeys. In the last few years, the number of Murnau-Werdenfelser breeding cows has increased again somewhat. The high demand was also indicated by the large number of visitors. Thus, more visitors could be welcomed than there are cows currently in the milk performance test.
The reason for this event was that at that time there were five bulls of the Murnau-Werdenfelser breed at the AI center in Greifenberg. All of them came from the ET project based on the doctoral thesis of Dr. Regina Thum on "genome-assisted inbreeding avoidance and selection of new bull lines". In the course of the project, six bulls have been used in the AI-station in Greifenberg so far.
Before the lectures in the marquee, director Helmut Goßner presented our motto "Quality and Diversity" with a number of selected top bulls of different cattle breeds. But the main actors on this evening were the five Murnau-Werdenfelser bulls: Xylon (breeder: Andreas Wittig, Mittenwald), Nebel (breeder: Josef Jais, Eschenlohe), Bergwind (breeder: Maria Mangold, Uffing) as well as Alpspitz and Adler (breeder: Georg Wörmann, Murnau). In the Forum, which was filled to the last place, the bulls presented themselves to the audience in best condition, even if it was the first presentation for some of them. In October, Romanum, a Roexar son, also from the Witting stud farm, was added to the Murnau-Werdenfelser bull-selection in Greifenberg.
Special thanks go to the team around the Pschorr innkeeper and chairman of the Murnau-Werdenfelser Rind sponsorship association Jürgen Lochbihler, to whom a considerable part of the success story "Preservation of the Murnau-Werdenfelser Rind" can be attributed with his commitment. The Pschorr team served delicacies of this breed and gave the evening a special glow.
After the excellent refreshment, Bernd Luntz from the LfL, another important supporter of the breed, led through the evening after greetings from the Head Ministerial Councillor Maximilian Putz and the Garmisch District Administrator Anton Speer. The uniqueness of the cultural asset MW-breeding for the region and the Free State of Bavaria was explicitly emphasized. The responsibility of the Bavarian state government was made clear in the support of personnel and financial means.
Murnau-Werdenfelser sets standards - the most closely genomically examined cattle breed & 100% satisfied breeders
In joint projects of the Greifenberg Insemination Station, the Weilheim Breeding Associations, the LMU, the Weihenstephan University of Applied Sciences, the Institute for Animal Breeding of the LfL and the breed's sponsors, our original cattle have been intensively monitored scientifically in recent years. Some of the results were presented on the festive evening. One of them was presented by Dr. Regina Thum, who again presented her project on inbreeding avoidance and whose final result we could admire in the bull presentation. On the other hand Nathalie Ritter, who also dealt with the Murnau-Werdenfelser cattle in her master thesis. 180 animals were evaluated in the exterior and in addition, surveys were carried out with the farmers. With the impressive result: 100% are satisfied with the fitness and health of their breed! The former breeding director Dr. Hans-Dieter Link of the Weilheim breeding associations enriched the festive evening with anecdotes and photos from his time with the Bavarian cultural heritage on four legs.
Special thanks also go to the breeders who have supported the ET project with their commitment and their farms and thus made an important contribution to the line variety of this special breed. Finally, technical adviser Manfred Kinzelmann honoured the two breeders Dr. Hans Zahn/Peiting and Roman Martin from Zwick GbR/Ingenried and Franz Greinwald from LKV Bayern for their commitment to herd book management. Georg Wörmann/Murnau, Maria Mangold/Uffing and Georg Schlickenrieder/Otterfing had already received the honors at an earlier date.