|Tran Cong Chien,general manager of the Moc Chau Breeding Dairy Cow Company, (1, R)gives the prize to the winner, Mr. Ha Van Luan (Photo:SGGP)|
Moc Chau District in the remote northwestern province of Son La saw a beauty contest with a twist this week – the competitors were all cows who were judged not on only their looks but also milk yield.
“Miss Dairy Cow,” organized by the Moc Chau Breeding Dairy Cow Company and the Ministry of agriculture and Rural Development, sought to encourage farmers in the country who have been badly affected by the melamine scare.
Son La is the province with the largest dairy industry in Viet Nam.
Over 80 cows were selected for the pageant from thousands of animals belonging to 530 farmer families.
Twenty one cows won prizes, including for “Most beautiful” and providing the maximum milk.
The winner, which produces 32.5 kilograms of milk per day, is owned by farmer Ha Van Luan, 50, from Thao Nguyen town. Mr. Luan got a prize of a Delaval milker made in Sweden.
The event also provided farmers the chance to compare notes on breeding.
Tran Cong Chien, general manager of the Moc Chau Breeding Dairy Cow Company, said the competition aimed not only to identify good cows for breeding purposes but also to honor farmers.