Europe's Largest Livestock Show Continues to Grow
More than 77,000 visitors and 1,000 exhibitors are expected to attend the 16th edition of Sommet de l’Elevage this year, from Oct. 4 to 6 in Clermont-Ferrand, France.
[ClickPress, Thu Apr 26 2007] The 1,000 exhibitors includes more than 300 international exhibitors from 26 countries. The organizers plan to welcome an abundance of crowds with 77,000 visitors expected during the three days of the trade show, including more than 2,000 foreign visitors from approximately 60 countries. Farm visits will be available, letting visitors discover beef and dairy cattle operations, sheep operations, and an artificial insemination center. These free, half-day tours will be accompanied by a technician and an interpreter.
The exhibition site has been expanded by three hectares (about 7.5 acres) for a total of 150,000 sq. m (about 1.6 million sq. ft.) dedicated to livestock production. The space will be fully utilized and entirely dedicated to livestock production in the following areas: mechanization, equipment, materials, agricultural suppliers, genetics, services, and more. All business sectors will be represented and exemplified by the latest technical innovations.
The leading dairy cattle breed in France and abroad, the 450 best examples of the Holstein breed will be on parade for its national competition, the National Holstein Show. For the first time, the Sommet de l’Elevage will welcome the best of French dairy cattle genetics for an exceptional competition before a substantial professional audience. An auction will be held following the end of the Oct. 5 competition.
This year, the Sommet de l’Elevage will also highlight Franco-Chinese exchanges in the framework of bilateral cooperation in the animal production field. A symposium on livestock production in China and the presence of an official Chinese delegation will allow breeders and French representatives to grasp this vast potential market. The organizers also hope to host the first meeting between the next French and Chinese Agriculture Ministers.
Hall 2 of the exhibition center will be dedicated to dairy cattle. It will include competitions for the Abondance, Brown Swiss, Montbeliarde, Normande, Simmental, and Tarentaise breeds. There will also be two auctions of top Brown Swiss and Simmental heifers and presentations of the Jersey and Pie Rouge des Plaines breeds.
The leading European beef cattle trade show continues to strengthen its animal presentations by allocating more places to each breed and developing the notion of the supply chain, offering a more extensive presentation of the entire range of beef production (cross-bred animals, range-fed calves, finished animals, Red Label, etc.). Once again this year, the finest examples of beef cattle production will be present. This area will feature a competition involving the top French beef cattle breeds such as Aubrac, Blonde d’Aquitaine, Charolais, Gasconne, Limousin, and Salers, and a British “pavilion” including the Angus and Hereford breeds as well as a presentation of English genetics.There will also be a presentation of the Belgian Blue (Belgium), Piemontese (Italy), Parthenaise and Bazadais breeds and more.
The sheep division will be even stronger this year, welcoming 400 animals and featuring the National Competitions of Ile de France and Rava breeds, but also a presentation of more than 16 other ovine breeds and herding dog demonstrations.
All French draft horse breeds will be on display, with more than 300 horses and competitions for the Ardennais, Auxois, Breton, Comtois, and Percheron breeds. This section will also include a harness team competition and a display of saddle horses.
For more information, please contact:
SOMMET DE L’ELEVAGE
Tel: +33 (0) 4 73 28 95 13
FRENCH TECHNOLOGY PRESS OFFICE
205 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 3740
Chicago, IL 60601
Fax: (312) 327-5261