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Bovine beauty queens primp and preen for udder domination

DDP/The Local · 25 Feb 2010, 15:20

Published: 25 Feb 2010 15:20 GMT+01:00

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The beautiful bovines and their owners are competing for cash prizes at the 37th annual Schau der Besten, or “Show of the Best,” farmyard pageant on Thursday and Friday.

If they’ve made it this far, the brown and black-spotted cows have beat out some 410,000 competitors.

“It’s really an honour,” farmer Heinz Landwehr said. The 60-year-old is competing with his cow Nadja, who has been primped, hairsprayed and fluffed up for the event organised by stock breeding firm Masterrind.

“She has a good build and beautiful udder. But the others are also very good,” Landwehr said.

The cows in this contest are so beautiful that breeders and farmers have come from as far as China to see them prance before the judges.

“We want to see the wonderful German animals a bit closer,” said Luo Baojing, the leader of a Chinese delegation attending the event, adding that they are more familiar with American and Canadian cows.

“The German ones are much more beautiful,” he said.

Contest criteria include “high-hanging” udders, a healthy build and a certain je ne sais quoi, Masterrind head Ralf Strassemeyer said.

Part of their preparation includes seeing a cow hairdresser, such as Irishman Denis O’Neill, who charges farmers €50 to spruce up their bovine betties with hairspray and gel.

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“It should be as straight as possible and no hair should stick up,” he said.

While the farmers themselves may not pay €50 for their own hairdos, the money is well-invested if they win. Prizes range from €3,000 to €15,000, and top winners get a special breeding certificate.

“It’s very important for the cows to present themselves proudly,” Strassemeyer said. “That is sort of like models on the runway who are attractive through a certain coolness.”

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Your comments about this article

03:59 February 26, 2010 by William Thirteen
one can't help but notice that here Germany beautiful teats abound....
11:21 February 26, 2010 by LancashireLad
This is udderly mad. Moooove over Claudia et. al. I can't believe that hairdresser guy - just milking it for all he can get.
20:49 February 26, 2010 by Kazenra
Oh Jesus *face palm* Enough with the cow puns, PLEASE xD

This story made me laugh, it's kinda cute and I love cows so it's all good :)
00:59 February 28, 2010 by sc123
I have noticed that German cows are truly beautiful compared to their American counterparts. They also seem to have longer tails! :)
05:02 February 28, 2010 by 1FCK_1FCK
Brrrr, I'm Friesian.

Quite a contest they have here. The steaks are high.

Really should give cow puns the hoof. Never have I herd such nonsense. But really, does anyone have a beef with puns? Whatever, I'm just feeling moody. This thread is a load of bull. Ha ha, these puns are offal. Ruminate on that for a moment.

Those cows could sure use some mood music to relax. Might help with the mad cow disease.

I'd better run & hide now.
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