The honorary title of Honored Breeder was a state award of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), which was awarded in the form of a medal. It was founded on April 10, 1952. It could be awarded for outstanding achievements in the field of animal and plant breeding. Until 1963, the title was only awarded to 15 people a year, and from 1964 to 20 people. It could be awarded to individuals as well as entire collectives.
The silver medal with a diameter of 30 mm shows on its obverse a raised hammer in the center, which is interrupted by the two-line inscription: MERIT / ZÜCHTER . Left and right of the hammer are flanked by two curved ears that are crossed at the bottom and open at the top. The lapel of the medal shows a dove of peace shifted a little above left.
The medal was worn on the upper left side of the chest on a 27 × 14 mm enameled clasp, which is enamelled in black, red and gold, diagonally from left to right. Since 1964 then on a 24 × 13.5 mm green covered clasp with a 5 mm wide white central stripe.
- Awards of the German Democratic Republic Bartel / Karpinski, Military Publishing House of the GDR 1979, page 123