Who are we?
The Holstein Night promotes the Holstein breed in Wallonia. Today we are taking innovative steps by responding to the requirements of livestock farmers and our partners. The Holstein Night is a Benelux Open competition that is unparalleled in Europe.
It is organised by the Dairy Boards of Namur, Luxembourg and the not-for-profit organisation AWE. The committee is made up of around thirty volunteer cattle farmers. AWE, the Wallonian cattle farming association (l'Association Wallonne de l'Elevage), contributes by providing logistics and several of its staff members.
« Our ambition is motivated by a desire to stand up for a positive image of Wallonian dairy genetics both abroad and at home. »
We are all driven by the same passion: cattle farming and the Holstein breed. The Holstein Night is an opportunity to provide Wallonian cattle farmers with the chance to display the quality of their animals for an audience of professionals from all four corners of Benelux and further afield. It is a showcase for our cattle breeding.
Over the years, the board has continually striven to improve and to meet the requirements of farmers, visitors and sponsors. Particular attention has been paid to promotion, contact with the press and relations with our partners.
It is because of this enthusiasm and professionalism that each of us displays, along with our need and desire to improve on every front, that this evening has become so unmissable.
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From a regional competition to a Benelux Open
- 1995 : Didier Robert, technician at AWE (Wallonian Cattle Farming Association), decided to make the region of Luxembourg's competition more dynamic by transforming it into a show. Rather than taking over the whole of the Neufchâteau exhibition centre, he decided to organise an evening competition. The Holstein Night was born.
- 1997 : The regional show was expanded to include all of Wallonia via the best regional prize competition composed of 5 animals.
- 1998 : Holstein Night moved its headquarters to Libramont and the new Walexpo Hall.
- 2002 : Farmers from both Namur and Luxembourg organised a joint regional show.
- 2004 : Cattle farming prizes were replaced with an inter-regional competition with 10 animals per Wallonian region.
- 2007 : Flanders was the guest of honour at the inter-regional competition.
- 2008 : The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg was the guest of honour at the inter-regional competition. Flanders was represented once again.
- 2009 : A unique Benelux Open competition. For the first time, every Belgian, Luxembourgian and Dutch cattle farmer could take part in the same competition with no limit on registrations. It was a grand première.
- 2010 : The second edition of the Benelux Open.
Genetics trophy. The genetics partners took part in the first genetics challenge.
- 2011 : A preview of the Holstein Night, an international Blonde D'Aquitaine competition.