Sommet de l’Elevage 2007 to stage beefed-up stock-breeding show
Sommet de l’Elevage 2007, one of Europe’s leading livestock-production trade shows, will be held from 4 to 6 October 2007 in Clermont-Ferrand, in central France. Exhibitor numbers are expected to reach 1,000, attracting 77,000 attendees (including 2,000 non-French visitors) – not to forget 1,800 animals, some of them flown in from Britain for the occasion.
[ClickPress, Tue May 08 2007] Sommet de l’Elevage 2007, one of Europe’s leading livestock-production trade shows, will be held from 4 to 6 October 2007 in Clermont-Ferrand, in central France. Exhibitor numbers are expected to reach 1,000, attracting 77,000 attendees (including 2,000 non-French visitors) – not to forget 1,800 animals, some of them flown in from Britain for the occasion.
Sommet de l’Elevage 2007 will confirm its position as the leading European beef cattle trade show, with a comprehensive presentation of French and other European breeds. The event will also broaden its coverage of dairy cattle by welcoming the prestigious National Holstein Show, to spotlight what is the leading dairy cattle breed both in France and around the world. Sommet de l'Elevage 2007 will also highlight opportunities for participants to exchange information and build partnerships.
More than 300 international exhibitors from 26 countries will be present in 2007, an increase of 10% on the previous event. The organisers plan to welcome 77,000 visitors during the three days of the trade show, including over 2,000 non-French visitors from approximately 60 countries. Farm visits will be on offer, letting visitors discover local beef and dairy cattle operations, as well as sheep-farming ones, and an artificial insemination centre. These free, half-day tours will be led by a technician and an interpreter.
In 2007, there will be 150,000m² dedicated to livestock production. The exhibition site, which has been expanded by 3 hectares, will be fully utilised and entirely dedicated to all aspects of livestock production – mechanisation, equipment, materials, agricultural suppliers, genetics and services. All business sectors will be represented and exemplified by the latest technical innovations.
The 450 best examples of the Holstein breed – currently the leading dairy cattle breed in France and around the world – will be on parade for the National Holstein Show. For the first time, Sommet de l’Elevage will welcome the best of French dairy cattle breeding for a competition held before a substantial professional audience. An auction will also be held on Friday 5 October 2007 at the end of the competition.
The 2007 Sommet de l’Elevage will also highlight Franco-Chinese exchanges within 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 other representatives to gain insight into this vast potential market. The organisers also plan to host the first meeting between the new French Agriculture Minister and his Chinese counterpart.
Hall 2 will be devoted to dairy cattle and will accommodate competitions for the Montbeliarde, Brown Swiss, Simmental, Normande, Tarentaise and Abondance breeds, as well as two auctions of Brown Swiss and Simmental heifers, and presentations of the Jersey and Pie Rouge des Plaines breeds.
As the leading European beef cattle trade show, Sommet de l’Elevage 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 featured and there will be competitions involving the top French beef cattle breeds (Charolais, Limousin, Blonde d’Aquitaine, Salers, Aubrac and Gasconne) as well as presentations of the Piemontese (Italy), Belgian Blue (Belgium), Parthenaise and Bazadais breeds. There will also be a British pavilion including the Angus and Hereford breeds, as well as a presentation of English cattle genetics. In total, all French cattle breeds and four other European breeds will be present in 2007.
The area devoted to sheep farming will be even larger for the 2007 event, with 400 animals. Sommet de l’Elevage will also feature the National Competitions for Ile de France and Rava breeds, as well as a presentation of more than 16 other ovine breeds, together with herding dog demonstrations.
All French draughthorse breeds will be on display, with more than 300 horses and competitions for the Percheron, Ardennais, Breton, Comtois and Auxois breeds. There will also be a harness team competition and saddle horses will be 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, 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 (in central France), from 4 to 6 October 2007.
For further information, please go to: www.sommet-elevage.fr
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