Sommet de l’Elevage 2006 celebrates 15 years of beef breeding

Sommet de l’Elevage 2006, Europe’s leading beef-production trade show, will be held from 5 to 7 October 2006 in Clermont-Ferrand, France. Some 850 exhibitors and more than 70,000 visitors are expected to attend the 15th annual event. Jacques Chirac, the French President, will be officially opening the show.

[ClickPress, Fri May 19 2006] The programme for this year’s event will be a very full one, with a comprehensive presentation of the beef, sheep and horse industries, two national competitions featuring the Brown Swiss and Simmental breeds, the European Congress of Brown Swiss Breeders, business meetings, a technological innovation competition, farm tours, symposiums and conferences, and much more. There will also be nearly 1,600 animals present on this site, which is continually being developed so as to provide the best possible reception and exhibition conditions.

The trend toward increasing numbers of international exhibitors will continue in 2006, with 10% more than last year. The Sommet de l’Elevage 2006 will welcome a total of 240 international exhibitors, including more than 50 companies working directly in breeding, with the rest in the agricultural machinery, livestock supply and equipment sectors. Show organisers expect more than 1,500 international visitors during the three-day event.

This year's country guest of honour will be Poland, with a large delegation of Polish buyers attending, invited to the event in partnership with UBIFRANCE and the International Cooperation Technical Bureau of the French Cattle-Breeding Institute (l’Institut de l’Elevage). On this occasion, business meetings with the exhibitors will be specially organised for the Polish delegation.

Given the success of the farm visits open to international visitors at last year’s show, these will be stepped up during the three days of this year's event. The visits allow a first-hand look at the region’s quality breeding conditions and farming environment.

The Sommet de l’Elevage 2006 will also feature two national dairy cattle competitions. Producers of the Brown Swiss and Simmental breeds will have an opportunity to show their best animals, with 150 cows competing for each breed. The dairy section will be expanded and international elite heifer auctions will be held during the trade show. Another noteworthy event is the European Conference of Brown Swiss Breeders to be held on Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 October, to be followed by the national competition on Friday 6 October. The Simmental breed competition will be held on Thursday 5 October. Another new event this year is the Normande breed competition. The Jersey breed will also be returning to the show.

For the beef cattle section, additional slots have been made available for each breed, resulting in an expanded animal area. The concept of a unified sector will be developed with a more extensive presentation of the entire beef production range (crossbreeds, grassers, finished animals, quality labels, etc.). Two French breeds will be presented for the first time ever at the event: the Villard de Lans and Saônoise breeds. The Sommet de l’Elevage trade show will also host the Interbev symposium (Thursday 5 October) on the topic of ‘Grassers at the Sommet: prospects and partnerships for livestock breeders, owners and fatteners in Europe’.

For the sheep section, the trade show will also host the national competition for the BMC (Blanc du Massif Central) breed, with more than 350 animals competing.

Horses will also have a dedicated area with more than 250 heavy draught (Percherons, Ardennais and other breeds) and saddle horses on display.

About Sommet de l’Elevage

As a dynamic showcase for the latest technological innovations in the sector and a platform for meetings and exchanges, the Sommet de l’Elevage is the leading European event for professionals in the stock-breeding sector.

The event will be held at the Grande Halle d’Auvergne show ground in Clermont Ferrand, France, from 5 to 7 October 2006.

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