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Rare Breeds from the Eastern Rhodopes at EUROTIER 2012

The very typical but  rare Bulgarian breeds Rhodopi Shorthorn Cattle, Bulgarian Grey Cattle and Karakachan Sheep were presented at the prestigious animal exhibition EUROTIER that took place between 13 and 16 November 2012 in Hannover, Germany.

With 2,445 exhibitors from 51 countries and around 160,000 visitors, including 38,000 international visitors, EuroTier 2012 has reached new record levels. EuroTier 2012 was with 30 percent larger than its previous edition two years ago.

For the first time ever, Bulgaria participated in EUROTIER. The country had a 110 sq. m. desk.

Unfortunately, bureaucratic obstacles blocked Betty and Nikolay Vasilievi from "Wild Farm" in the Eastern Rhodopes to show in the exhibition hall their cows of Rhodopi Shorthorn Cattle, but many visitors saw those animals in their outdoor enclosure at the exhibition premises. Betty and Niki had numerous meetings with visitors and business guests of the exhibition.

„Wild Farm“ is specialised in organic farming. Currently, they breed more than 450 Rodopi Shorthorn cattle and Bulgarian Grey cattle (both protected breeds), sheep and horses. Their farm has an organic farming certification for the veal, honey and vegetables from their garden and also for the pastures where their animals graze. Vasiliev's family is very active in all three components of the project New Thracian Gold: they develop ecotourism, produce organic products and grow in a natural way cattle of local breeds.

See a publication about New Thracian Gold and Vassiliev`s family in „Glassat ha fermera(The farmers' voice)- part 1 и part 2 

Read here about the local rare breeds in the Eastern Rhodopes


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