Events

III Exhibition of Native Breeds in Rudawka Rymanowska, 26 – 28 August 2011

Between 26 and 28 August 2011 the “XI Farewell to Holidays in Rudawka Rymanowska” took place, as part of which the VI National Exhibition of Simmental Cattle, the Regional Championship of Hucul Horses and the III Exhibition of Native Breeds were organized.

The XI Farewell to Holidays in Rudawka Rymanowska was organized by the National Research Institute of Animal Production together with the Institute’s Experimental Station in Odrzechowa, the District Association of Horse Breeders in Rzeszów, and the Polish Association of Simmental Cattle located in Odrzechowa.

Honorary patronage over the Exhibition was assumed by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Governor of the Podkarpackie Voivodeship, and the Marshal of the Podkarpackie Voivodeship.

Władysław Brejta Dr Eng., the President of the Experimental Station of the National Research Institute of Animal Production Odrzechowa Ltd. officially opened the exhibition and then Jarosław Wojtowicz – the Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development took the floor. He read off the letter of the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Marek Sawicki. The following people also participated in the discussion: Euro Deputy Czesław Siekierski, Chief Veterinary Surgeon Janusz Związek, the Governor of the Podkarpackie Voivodeship Małgorzata Chomycz, and the Marshal of the Podkarpackie Voivodeship Mirosław Karapyta. In his speech Prof. Jędrzej Krupiński Ph.D., the Director of the National Research Institute of Animal Production invited all the participants to visit the exhibition and participate in the seminar and the remaining accompanying events.

All the exhibitions generated a lot of interest, particularly the III Regional Exhibition of Native Breeds, which presented the following breeds: Polish Red, Polish Black-and-White and Polish Red-and-White cattle, as well as Olkuska, Wrzosówka, Świniarka and Podhale Zackel sheep, and Carpathian goats. A lot of interest was also generated by box stalls with Hucul, Małopolski, Cold-blooded Sokólski, Polish Konik, and Silesian horses with a foal. Laying hens (Greenleg Partridge, Yellowleg Partridge, Rhode Island Red and White, Leghorn and Sussex) as well as fur-bearing animals such as pastel fox and white-necked fox, polecats and Popielno White rabbits constituted a considerable group at the exhibition.

Information and promotion materials prepared by experts were disseminated at the information stall of the National Research Institute of Animal Production and in the seminar tent. Information leaflets describing animals of native breeds, an album “Polish Conservation Breeds”, information brochure and the Catalogue of Native Breeds aroused a lot of interest.

On the first day of the Exhibition there was a seminar entitled: “Native breeds of animals, our national heritage”, organized in the conference tent located near the native breeds pens, accessible to all those interested.

The following papers were presented:

The strategy of maintaining farm animal biodiversity in Poland – Józefa Krawczyk, Ph.D., Associate Professor of the National Research Institute of Animal Production, Department of Animal Genetic Resources Conservation of the National Research Institute of Animal Production

Agri-environmental programme Package 7 – Preserving endangered genetic resources of animals in agriculture – Marek Owsiany, Deputy of the Subcarpathian Regional Department of the Agency for Restructuring and Modernisation of Agriculture

Can milk and meat coming from native breeds of cattle rise to the demands of contemporary market? – Ewa Sosin-Bzducha Dr Eng. – coordinator for genetic resources of cattle in the National Research Institute of Animal Production.

The seminar was attended by 65 participants

During the exhibition, the coordinators for protection of genetic resources of particular species of animals from the National Research Institute of Animal Production presented sheep, Carpathian goats, cattle and horses on the ring. The other species were presented next to cages. The coordinators successively brought closer the histories of particular breeds and their characteristics.

The exhibition was accompanied by the “Artistic competition for children”, in which 35 children drew farm animals. All the children received prizes in kind and sweets. The Director of the National Research Institute of Animal Production, Prof. Jędrzej Krupiński Ph.D. personally awarded the prizes.

A special attraction for the visitors was the show during which “young breeders” presented Simmental calves they take care of in their parents’ farms.

As part of the exhibition, the participants voted for the “The most beautiful animal of the show”. A Carpathian goat, which belongs to the Experimental Station of the National Research Institute of Animal Production in Odrzechowa Ltd. won the first place in the competition and the prize of the Director of the National Research Institute of Animal Production. Deputy Director of the National Research Institute of Animal Production, Prof. Eugeniusz Herbut Ph.D. presented the prize.

All the visitors were entertained by performances of music bands, the jumping show and the so-called Hucul path. In the evening, the visitors could admire the show of fireworks and floodlight presenting the logos of the National Research Institute of Animal Production, the Polish Simmental Cattle Breeders Association, the Experimental Station of the National Research Institute of Animal Production in Odrzechowa and the District Association of Horse Breeders in Rzeszów.

Companies operating in the agricultural and food sector also presented their rich commercial offer.

The lottery, the main prize of which was a Hucul horse and two flocks of Greenleg Partridge hens generated a lot of interest.

The exhibition was co-financed from the funds of the National Rural Network, made available by the Central Secretariat of the National Rural Network.