Welcome to the website of the German Holstein Association (DHV)

DHV is the national umbrella organization of the German Holstein breeding industry. When  it comes to national and international issues, we represent the interests of our members – 14 regional herdbook and AI organizations officially recognized by the German government.

The DHV website provides you with current information on Holstein breeding in Germany, statistics, and a calendar of events.



German Holstein Show 2017

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Save the date!

On 14th and 15th June 2017 the German Holstein Association (DHV) will present a highlight for all interested Holstein breeders:

The German Holstein Show 2017 will take place in the EWE Arena Oldenburg.


Further information



Breeding evaluation December 2016


With the breeding evaluation December 2016 the new Genomic bull top lists are available now.
More information under Downloads.



German Holstein exports at mid-year 2016

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Despite the dairy market crisis around 40,000 Holstein breeding cattle were exported in the first half of 2016.


With 39,313 exported Holstein breeding cattle a very good export figure was achieved. The third country share (67.5%) has risen slightly by three percentage points once again and thus makes two-thirds of breeding cattle exports. In the EU domestic market the quantity has clearly lost, especially in the countries Poland and the UK, which did much larger acquisitions in the same period last year.


In the light of current economic conditions in some customer countries, a decline of the export figures of 8.3% is quite satisfactory. In particular compared to the previous year the exports to neighbouring EU countries, which are also directly affected by the bad milk market prices, declined significantly. Nevertheless, breeding cattle exports have certainly contributed to a relief of the domestic market and have prevented a further decline of the breeding cattle prices.



New Cooperation on exchange of genotypes for genomic young Holstein bulls between North America and Germany

Starting with the August evaluation the members of the German Genomic Consortium (all German Holstein organizations) and North American Partners (NAP) start a new cooperation to routinely exchange the genotypes of all new young genomic AI bulls with at least 10 month of age. At the same time the cooperation of the 6 EuroGenomics countries is formally continued with a new contract.



Breeding evaluation august 2016


With the breeding evaluation August 2016 the new Genomic bull top lists are available.
More information under Downloads.




KuhVision Logo

KuhVision is a new genomic service of the German breeding organizations.

The program started in summer 2016.

KuhVision provides the opportunity to all German Holstein farmers to get the genomic breeding values of their female under preferential conditions. So, KuhVision is a new management tool for Holstein cattle breeding.

In addition, the project allows the development of new genomic breeding values for health and claw health traits. Furthermore, it also supports the establishment of a cow-reference population that will replace the bull-reference population to guarantee the high reliability of genomic breeding values.




All-European Championchip 2016 in Colmar

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After an exciting weekend in Colmar the EM of Holsteins is now already behind us.
The German cows are back in their home country. There remain many positive impressions.

Also for our young breeders, this was an exciting weekend.

After clipping and showmanship both reached the 5th place in her group. So the German team reached 4th place from 15 countries.

Congratulations to all the beeders and the young breeders on this great achievement!

Many thanks to all the carers who looked after our German squad so intensively.

Here you find the results of the German Team:




Breeding cattle exports in 2015 increased by 8.7 percent

DHV Export 2015

2nd best export result ever

The export of German Holstein breeding cattle has risen again over the previous year. In calendar year 2015 81.649 breeding animals were exported to 41 countries, which represents an increase of + 8.7%. The high export figures underline the continued strong international interest in German Holstein cattle. After last year, the first time after 2011, the sound barrier was broken by 70,000 breeding cattle again, a record turnover was realized in exports happening again. The export devided into the main export regions is shown in the graph.

The strong increase was realized mainly on third country markets, which now cover a share of 65.5% (previous year 53.6%) . In particular, exports to other third countries increased from around 35% to 50.2%, mainly due to exports to Turkey, Russia and Azerbaijan. The proportion of North African buyer countries is relatively stable at 15.3% (Algeria, Morocco). Within the EU internal market, only 34.5% of the exported Holstein cattle were deliverd: EU-Mid (UK, Netherlands, Belgium) with 15.8%, EU -South (Italy, Spain) with 10.1% and EU-East (Poland, Hungary) with 8.6%.


Bonn, 15.02.2016
Deutscher Holstein Verband e.V. (DHV)




Breeding evaluation December 2015


With the breeding evaluation December 2015 the new Genomic bull top lists are available.
More information under Downloads.



Genetic cause for calf mortality discovered

A research group made up of vit, Verden, the Institute for Animal Breeding at the Kiel University, the University of Veterinary Medicine (TiHo) Hannover and the Munich University of Technology (TUM) now has identified a genetic disposition for increased calf losses with Holstein cattle.


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