HOLSTEIN UK has announced that Patrick Rüttimann will be judging the line up at the National Holstein Show scheduled to place at the UK Dairy Show 2019.

Taking place next year on Wednesday September 11 at Telford, the show will bring together over 300 businesses, more than 9000 visitors, suppliers, buyers, and industry influencers for a dedicated one day dairy event. The cattle show will be a key feature of the day, hosting national shows for Holstein, Ayrshire and Brown Swiss.

Since 2010, Mr Rüttimann has managed the family business in Switzerland, Ruegruet Holsteins, with his brother. The main focus of the farm is on the breeding and marketing of Holstein genetics. In 2013, the farm was selected as a Master Breeder, a special recognition of the Swiss Holstein Association. Patrick and the business have had around 30 years’ involvement with the Swiss Holstein Association and youth organisation and Patrick has worked for over 10 years as a classifier at Holstein Switzerland.

He has judged competitions all over Europe, as well as competing himself. His judging repertoire includes DHV Junior Show Germany, Schau der Besten Verden Masterrind Germany, Open Junior Show Cremona Italy, YMA National Calf Show Ireland, Muurikki Show Finland, Holstein Junior Show Austria, All Britain All Breeds Calf Show, Expo Holstein Gruyère Bulle Switzerland, Expo Holstein Sarine Bulle Switzerland and Expo Holstein Glâne-Veveyse Bulle Switzerland.

Mr Rüttimann said: “It is a huge honour to have been asked to judge the National Holstein Show at UK Dairy Day 2019. I am excited to have the opportunity to judge the best cows from across the UK, meet the breeders and see how the cows compare with their European counterparts.”

Event manager Hannah Williams added: “We are delighted to have Patrick judge our National Show. He last cast his professional eye over our Holstein Young Breeders at the ABAB Calf Show in 2017 and with his extensive judging experience and breeding focus we look forward to welcoming him into the show ring. Stall bookings will be available in June and we encourage showing competitors secure stalls early.”