The new A.I. catalogues
The most important Belgian beef event of the year - the national show at Libramont - is coming, and it is a signal for insemination companies to present their latest A.I. catalogues. The youngest of all companies, BBCI, already published the flyers of their new bulls (see their web-site), Genetique Avenir Belgimex published the amenndum and other companies have now published their current offers in the form of new catalogues. Among them, the largest Belgian BBG and Fabroca (now available in Dutch). The catalogues are available for viewing or downloading on this page.

12.7.2018, Kamil Malát

 The Royal Highland show 2018 results
Taking the British Blue Breed Championship was Sandyvale Jagerbomb from R & M Paterson and reserve was Croftends Iceman from JE Bellas & Son. Full show results and gallery of the winner yo can find here, champions pictures here.

25.6.2018, Kamil Malát

 The Balmoral show 2018 results
British Blue cattle on the Balmoral show 2018: the champion and reserve champion prizes  – along with the Wilson Perpetual Challenge Cup – were both taken by Springhill Belgian Blues by Springhill Golden Girl and Springhill Molly, respectively. The Norden Laboratories Salver award for best British Blue female also went to Springhill Golden Girl, with Springhill Molly getting the reserve once again. Meanwhile, the Norden Laboratories award for best British Blue male went to Greenfield Levi, owned by Basil Dougherty. Pictures here.

16.5.2018, Kamil Malát

 Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2018

22.12.2017, Kamil Malát

 A major update of the Belgian national champions' photo galleries
With the help of some BBB enthusiast (thank you for support :-)) we collected photos of most of the champions of the national exhibition in Brussels until 1992. All available pictures were added to the photogallery of the winners of this show. Only two photos are missing, some others are not very good quality. If you have them in better quality, we will be glad if you share them with us. Also the gallery with the photos of the champions from Tournai shows was upadted. In the case the gallery ends in 2005, as we don't have older photos. If you have any picture which we could add to these galleries, we will be happy if you send it to this email.
The complete show results list of all three Belgian national exhibitions was also added to the page dedicated to foreign (mainly Belgian) exhibitions. In addition to the overview of the champions from these exhibitions, you can also see the winners of each category.
A page with catalogs of A.I. companies has also been updated. You will find there the newest Genetique Avenir Belgimex catalogue and also previews of front pages of older catalogues of Haliba and Linalux.

22.12.2017, Kamil Malát

 BBB national championship in Brussels
On Wednesday, December 6, the traditional national championship of the Belgian Blue breed took place in the Belgian metropolis at the Agribex exhibition. There were nearly 200 top animals on the show. Most of them were of a beef type, but the competition also had representatives of the original dualpurpoe line of BBB. In the final presentation of the winners of each category, three judges selected four champions in the category of bulls, cows, heifers plus first-calving females and the best cow with calf at foot too. The best pair (cow + calf) was IRIS van Daisel (o. Ichor) with her calf 0675 van Daisel (Volcan). It is not happened very often that the absolute winners of all three categories are exactly the same as the champions from Libramont fair which took place few months ago. The title of the bull champion has again won DEMON de Way (Imperial x Gitan), LIONNE du Coin (Imperial x Occupant) became the cow champion and BEAUTEE van den Hondenlee (Grommit x Panache) was awarded as the best heifer.
The complete show results are available here, the video from the show can be seen here, photos of the champions then in our photogallery here.

6.12.2017, Kamil Malát

Génétique Avenir Belgimex Open door day
Late autumn days are in Belgium traditionally dedicated to the presentation of breeding bulls of A.I. companies (Open door day). There are companies that organize them annually (such as BBG or BBCI), some do not do any (Fabroca), others are organizing them in two-year cycles. This is also a case of Génétique Avenir Belgimex (GAB), which organized the bull presentation last Saturday 25.11.2017. In summer, the GAB moved all their A.I. bulls from Wuuswezel to a new insemination center in the village of Croix (Sovet), located just a few kilometers from the heart of the BBB breed - Ciney. Unfortunately, the expectation that the event will be associated with the opening ceremony of the new A.I. station was not confirmed, so the present breeders watched the "only" the bull show. More than a thousand breeders stood in a tent to watch the presentation of 18 top A.I. bulls in total - new bulls as well as "old matadors". Among the young ones JOSE C.A. van de Paddenhoeve (Orval x Imperial) together with ESPERANTO van Perenhof (Sheriff x Germinal) were the most appreciated bulls. Of the older bulls, the breeders' eyes were particularly pleased with IDEFIX van Terbeck (Adajio x Paysan) or  HAZARD van de Pannemeers (Panache x Adajio). Jose and Idefix are among the bulls, that will be imported to the Czech Republic at the beginning of December.
»» Videos from the shows can be found on the youtube here (BBB) a here (AWE).

26.11.2017, Kamil Malát

Zwolle show 2017
Photogallery of Belgian blue champions from Dutch national show 2017 are available here, complete results you can download here (pdf file). The overall female champion was awarded Cocinelle Van't Staverhul (sire: Imperial de L'Ecluse), the overall male winner became Marly van Maris (sire: Sheriff de Centfontaine).  The annual championship was organised in Zwolle during Nationale Vleesvee Manifestatie.

20.10.2017, Kamil Malát

Libramont show 2017
On Saturday, July 29th, the next annual agricultural exhibition in Libramont was held, including a national championship of the Belgian blue. Champion in the bull category became Demon de Way (Imperial x Gitan), in cows Lionne du Coin (Imperial x Occupant) breed was won. Beautee van den Hondenlee (Grommit x Panache) dominated the category of first-calving female and Emma de Somme (Grommit x Noceur) became the winner of the heifer competition. The championship was a tremendous success, especially for the breeder Daniel van Bellegem, who owns both the winning heifer and the first-calving heifer. Champion photos can be found in our gallery here, photos of the winners of each category here, the complete result list is available on this page. A large portion of photos are available on the BBB facebook page here.

30.7.2017, Kamil Malát

Royal Welsh show 2017
Four-years old bull Pinnacle Hero (sire: Kilowatt D'Ochain) has taken the Supreme Championship at the Royal Welsh Show. Hero was exhibited by Graham Morgan. Standing reserve to him was Solway View Kesha (sire: Solway View Firecracker) from Kevin Watret. The photos of all winners and the result list can be found on British blue society web-site or in our winning photogallery here.

25.7.2017, Kamil Malát

New summer catalogue of Génétique Avenir Belgimex
New company's logo -> new A.I. center -> new bulls -> new catalogue :-) - that is Génétique Avenir Belgimex (GAB). Special summer edidion of GAB's catalogue you can find here.

17.7.2017, Kamil Malát

Fabroca catalogue 2018
The Belgian national exhibition in Libramont is approaching, and traditionally it is the time when insemination companies issuing their new bull catalogues. As the first of these companies, Fabroca released its new catalog. The catalogue can be downloaded from this page (NL version).

8.7.2017, Kamil Malát

BBCI bull parade
Belgian A.I. company BBCI (Belgian Blue Cattle International) will organise the bull presentation. The bull parade is planned for Thursday, July the 7th from 1 p.m. in Hyon. Details on this invitation (jpg picture).
New sheets of BBCI bulls: QUARTZ du Champs des Bures - ZEN de Centfontaine - ENGELBERT van Perenhof - LEGO van Terbeck - G-STAR VD Breehoeve - CERBERE du Falgi - BEST du Bois de Virelles.

28.6.2017, Kamil Malát

Langoureux de Fooz R.I.P.
One of the most successful Belgian blue bulls of current days - Langoureux de Fooz - was slaughtered due to health problems. This bulls was 8,5 years old and during his career produced 154.512 straws. Together with the other BBG sires like Kubitus and Adajio was one of the most popular BBB bull from BBG offer. Langoureux was a son of Bringlee Blackstar, who is was born in the UK. Langoureux's mother was famous cow Gloire de Fooz (father: Lasso), which became overall cow champion on the Belgian national competition in Libramont in 2009. Langoureux is one of the few bulls that, although not of full Belgian origin, has become very successful in Belgium and the other countries too. His breeder is a well-known farmer Eric Coheur.

25.6.2017, Kamil Malát

Solway View Illusion is the Royal Highland Show's supreme champion
On Thursday, June 22, 2017, the British blue championship was held in Edinburgh, Scotland as a part of the Royal Highland Show. The supreme and female champion was Solway View Illusion (Solway View Dynamite x Solway View Euphoria x Empire d’Ochain) from Kevin Watret's herd. The reserve championship took Rhymil Kylie. The judge at this show was Mrs. Gail Ellis. The photos of all winners and the result list can be found on British blue soeciety web-site or in our winning photogallery here.

23.6.2017, Kamil Malát

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