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WHFF YOUTH CONFERENCE ARGENTINA


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rganised every four years, the conference gives attendees the chance to meet breeders from across the globe at the same time as seeing black and white cattle in a different setting. This year, Holstein Argentina hosted a Youth Conference alongside the main conference and Holstein UK sent a delegation comprising of Michael Yates, Andrew Patton, Nicky Lockyer and Lydia Griffiths along with Emma Jones, to represent the UK for being winners and runner ups of the President’s Medal and Littlestar Awards.


It was a great week despite a wobbly start, with the group’s flight being delayed, resulting in them missing their Madrid to Buenos Aires flight.


L-R Nicky, Lydia, Andrew, Michael and Emma with their WHFF Conference certificates.


28th MARCH - MONDAY


The first few days of the conference were very much sightseeing days and on Monday the group met up with other youth conference delegates from Tazmania, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, France and Ecuador and went to see a live percussion band. Going for food in Argentina is an experience; they eat four times a day: breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner. Their dinner is usually eaten from 8pm onwards, so at 10pm delegates huddled in to the heaving pizzeria and ate ginormous pizzas.


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The champion pedigree Holstein of the Dairy Expo was San Saturio Sheila Chelios.


MARCH - TUESDAY


The youth representatives from Holstein UK with the champion pedigree Holstein.


Tuesday saw the group tour the Colon Theatre. It was a beautiful example of architecture in Argentina. The theatre does not use microphones because the architecture means that even on the seventh floor, you can hear everything perfectly. Boca Juniors football stadium was the next pit stop and en route the group had a taste of Argentina’s favourite drink: maté tea – an energising herbal tea that is drunk out of little pots with a silver straw. Taking inspiration from the Swedish flag, everything at the stadium is blue and yellow. Even the advertisements within the stadium have to adapt their colours. Holding 40,000 people, there is not much of a gap between the pitch and the seats, creating an electric atmosphere when a match is being played.The next port of call was Caminito – a street museum that inspired the famous Caminito tango. The market is made up of colourful tin buildings, with tango dancers in the streets and restaurants. The final excursion of the day was a tour of the City Hall – Ciudad Casa de Gobierno di Buenos Aires, designed by British architect, Norman Foster. After the tour, youth delegates


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