Welcome Message

Dear Guests,
Switzerland looks forward to welcoming you to the 15th World Holstein Friesian Federation Conference, which will take place on 24 – 28 March 2020 in Montreux. Intensive preparations for the event have been undertaken over the last three years by a Conference Organizing Committee that includes representatives from Holstein Switzerland, Swissgenetics and Swissherdbook.

The infrastructure offered by Montreux makes it the ideal host town for the Conference, with short routes that will allow guests to make their way comfortably on foot or by public transport between their hotel accommodation and the Conference venues. The region surrounding Montreux is also an extremely attractive destination for tourists, including the numerous leading lights of international music who make their way to the shores of Lake Geneva for the annual Montreux Jazz Festival. Deep Purple‘s "Smoke on the Water", which was inspired by a fire that engulfed Montreux Casino in 1971, counts among the world’s best-known song titles, and it is to the impressive hall "Claude Nobs" of the very same casino that we look forward to welcoming our guests for the Conference‘s evening events.

Amid the attractions of Montreux, however, it is the Holstein cow that will stand at the center of Conference proceedings. Specialist lectures will provide us with extensive information about the present-day status and future of the world’s foremost dairy breed, whilst exchanges and discussions between Conference participants will represent another invaluable aspect of the event.
Moreover, we will be delighted to show you excellent Holstein and Red Holstein cows our farm tours and at EXPO Bulle, Switzerland’s national exhibition.

We therefore look forward to greeting you in Montreux in spring 2020 – not, for once, to the strains of "Smoke on the Water", but instead to a rousing chorus of "Holstein, Simply the Best"!
Markus Gerber
President of the Organizing Committee

Latest news

COVID-19: updated information about hotel bookings
  • Major hotels in Montreux are aware that the current situation could lead to the loss of some participants for the 2021 edition. Hotels Eden, Royal Plaza and Villa Toscane thus agreed to help the Swiss committee further by offering a discount on 2021 accommodation prices.
  • This discount will be worth to 10% of the amount paid in 2020 and will be valid only at the three official hotels. It will be granted to delegates who have booked their 2020 accommodation via the platform and who will personally participate in the 2021 conference.
  • It has been made very clear that these discounts will in no case be reimbursed or transmitted to substituting participants.
19.03.2020 The recent decision of Swiss authorities to shut down all touristic facilities (including hotels) has - and will have - an unprecedented impact on hotels in Montreux. However, most of them welcome the conference rescheduling to 2021 and have agreed on a partial reimbursement of paid accommodation bookings. An amount up to 30% of accommodation costs will thus be reimbursed to all participants who have booked their rooms via the plateform. To save unnecessary cost, reimbursements will be processed by national and international bank transfers. Banking costs will be borne by the organizers. The detailed reimbursement procedure will be communicated by e-mail in the upcoming days.
Cancellation of all hotel bookings
All hotel bookings have been cancelled. Participants who have booked their accommodation via the registration platform do not need to contact the hotels themselves. In the last few days, the organizers have discussed with all hotels and evaluated the options of a partial reimbursement. We will be able to inform you about the situation in the upcoming days. All delegates who have booked a room via the registration platform will be contacted by e-mail.
Due to current developments relating to the new coronavirus, it has been necessary to postpone the 15th World Holstein Conference, General Assembly and Classifier Workshop which were planned to take place on 22-28 March 2020 in Montreux, by one year to 21-27 March 2021.
29.02.2020 Registration is now closed. You still have the possibility to register on-site as of March 24th, 2020.
WHFF Congress preparations continue!
The WHFF-Council and the Swiss organizing committee of the WHFF Congress 2020 are monitoring the impacts of the spreading of coronavirus closely. So far, it is possible to travel from most countries to and from Switzerland without any additional obstacles, which means that we are continuing our efforts to organize this 15th WHFF congress in Montreux, starting March 24th 2020. If the situation changes, we will of course immediately inform you.
17.02.2020 Last call for online registration! Online registration will close on February 28th, 2020. Do not forget to register in advance and save CHF 100.- off the on-site rates. More than 260 participants - coming from 35 countries - have already organized their venue to Switzerland!
05.11.2019 A few days after the early-bird deadline, we are glad to announce that 200 participants - coming from 34 countries - have registered to the conference so far! Among them, 45 participants are planning to attend the classifer workshop. Regular registration is still open until 31 December 2019. Please book your hotel as soon as possible, since accommodation options will be reduced in the upcoming days!
22.10.2019 10 days left before the early-bird deadline! Register and make your payment before 31 October 2019 and save up to CHF 40 off the regular rates.
01.10.2019 All speakers' names are unveiled! Details on Thursday's and Friday's sessions and panels have been posted today. Allow yourself to be convinced by this program and make your way to Montreux. There is still a couple of days for registering for the conference at early-bird prices!
03.07.2019 The Newsletter #2 has been released today.
19.06.2019 The payment platform is fully operational again.
14.06.2019 Mastercard and Visa are currently updating their processes in Switzerland. Our payment system is thus temporarily unavailable. Payments with American Express are still available.
New pages released today:
Registration is now open!
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12.04.2019 Give yourself one minute to read the welcome message from the President of the Organizing Committee Markus Gerber
New pages released today:
08.04.2019 Only 1 week to go before the registration opening !
19.03.2019 The conference logo has been launched today:
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13.12.2018 Further details on the conference program and registration conditions (rates, deadlines, accommodation, etc.) will be released in Februar-March 2019.
Following items of interest have been posted today:
- Program Outline

Program Information

Holstein Switzerland
Route de Grangeneuve 27
1725 Posieux - Switzerland
+41 (0) 26 305 59 00
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Registration / Accommodation

Artefact Management Ltd.
Rue des Epouses 3
1700 Fribourg - Switzerland
+41 (0) 26 321 31 09
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