Polski Związek Hodowców Bydła Simentalskiego, PZHBS


Council Meeting of the European Simmental Federation
in Poland
KRAKŁW 27-30, August, 2008


Dear Friends,

Welcome to the Meeting of the Management Board of the European Simmental Cattle Federation. Poland is one of the countries where the Simmental cattle forms only a small part of the cattle population; however, the cattle is widely used for commercial crossing in beef cattle production. Pure breed cows in Poland represent approximately 1% of the national population. Poland has a fairly long history of breeding the Simmental cattle. The cattle arrived to Poland from Central Europe (Switzerland, Austria) in the end of 18th century to barns kept by land owners, predominately on the easter outskirts of Poland. Military actions during wars caused a significant reduction of the breeding in 1950ties. The breed re-gained its popularity in late 1970ties in small private farms in eastern Poland. In Poland, the Simmental breed is maintained both for good milk and excellent meat production. It is predominantely fed with bulky feeds. On request of Polish breeders, the Simmental cattle is kept in the purity of the meed by using bulls from European breeding in Germany, Austria and Switzerland for improving bulls. At the current stage of breeding work, the improvement program covers inclusion of functional features to the breeding value as well as a preparation of a collective index listing features of milk and meat production and functional features. During your stay in Poland, you will have the opportunity to visit institutions involved in breeding and implementation of a breeding programme for the Simmental cattle. Generally, these institutions are located in the center of breeding the Simmental catlle in the southern and south-eastern Poland. In terms of landscape, the area is very pictoresque but its climate is rather severe. As the natural conditions in the region are favourable for the Simmental cattle, the region has become the source of the most valuable breeding material. During you stay in Poland, you will have the opportunity to visit the National Research Institute of Animal Production in Krakow, involved in improving and assessing the breeding value of the Simmental cattle and the MaŁopolskie Center of Biotechnology in Krasne which keeps Simmental bulls and is mainly involved in reproduction of the Simmental cattle. At the end of the visit, you can meet cattle farmers and see the elite of the Simmental cattle at the National Exposition of the Simmental Cattle in Rudawka Rymanowska, organised by the Polish Simmental Cattle Breeders Association. We wish you a pleasant stay and fruitful stay in Poland.

Chairman of the Polish Simmental Cattle Breeders Association

Edgar BeneŁ



9.30 - 14.00

Board Meeting a.o. at the National Research Institute of Animal Production in the Balice Palace.

9.30 - 14.00
City tour of KrakŁw for accompanying persons.
14.30 - 16.00
Lunch at the ChŁopskie JadŁo restaurant.
16.00 - 17.30
Visit the Wawel Hill with the Royal Cathedral. Bus transfer to Wieliczka.
18.00 - 20.00
Visit the Salt Mine.


Bus departure to Krasne - ŁaŁcut - Sanok (2 days tour). Route: KrakŁw - Krasne - ŁaŁcut - Sanok (accommodation) - Rudawka Rymanowska - KrakŁw .

12.00 - 14.00
Visit to the MaŁopolska Biotechnology Centre in Krasne near RzeszŁw, which implements the National Simmental Bull Evaluation and Selection Programme. Show of Simmental bulls.
14.30 - 15.30
Lunch at the restaurant 'Zamkowa' in ŁaŁcut.
15.30 - 16.30
Visit the Palace in ŁaŁcut, seat of the Lubomirski and Potocki

30 August 2008


Odrzechowa, Rudawka Rymanowska


Bus departure to Odrzechowa and Rudawka Rymanowska.

9.30 - 10.30
Visit to the Odrzechowa Experimental Station of the National Research Institute of Animal Production, which has the largest herd of Simmental cattle in Poland.

Visit the IVth National Simmental Exhibition in Rudawka Rymanowska. Lunch will be provided by the Organizers.

Bus transfer to KrakŁw.


Conference office:

PBP ORBIS Sp. z o.o. O/KrakŁw DziaŁ KongresŁw

31-130 KrakŁw, ul. Kremerowska 5

Tel.: (+48 12) 422 30 44, 42217 07

Fax: (+48 12) 422 28 85

e-mail: congress@orbis.krakow.pl

Brochure of conference, Registration Form


Polski Związek Hodowców Bydła Simentalskiego z/s w Odrzechowej
Adres: Odrzechowa 1, 38-530 Zarszyn
tel. (013)-467-11-72, fax (013)-435-91-20, e-mail:simentale@simentale.pl