SOMMET DE L’ELEVAGE beefs up its performance with 70,000 visitors


The 14th SOMMET DE L’ELEVAGE, which was held in Clermont-Ferrand, came to an enormously successful close on 8 October 2005. France's second-largest professional livestock trade fair welcomed 70,000 visitors (an increase of 8% on the previous event). More than 1,300 foreign visitors came from 42 countries across five continents to study the production and genetic qualities of the animals on show, and to witness the dynamic state of French cattle breeding.



[ClickPress, Mon Dec 12 2005] The 14th SOMMET DE L’ELEVAGE, which was held in Clermont-Ferrand, came to an enormously successful close on 8 October 2005. France's second-largest professional livestock trade fair welcomed 70,000 visitors (an increase of 8% on the previous event). More than 1,300 foreign visitors came from 42 countries across five continents to study the production and genetic qualities of the animals on show, and to witness the dynamic state of French cattle breeding.

Over three days, from 6 to 8 October 2005, the event hosted animal competitions, business meetings and conferences. The SOMMET kept professionals up-to-date with current affairs in the world of agriculture, with some 30 symposia, and the French Agriculture Minister, Dominique Bussereau, also paid a visit to the event. Roger Blanc, president of the SOMMET DE L’ELEVAGE, points out that, “Today, the SOMMET is a European crossroads at the very heart of agricultural activity.”

The event also hosted the National Charolais Competition for the first time in its history. It was a big success: “520 animals, a championship with special and group prizes, with everyone keen to outdo other entrants in beauty and harmony,” says Albert Merlet, president of the Charolais Herd Book.

The organisers are already planning to expand next year’s event, building on the positive feedback that they received from this year’s 792 exhibitors. The areas given over to farming machinery, horses and gastronomy were already enlarged for this year's event, and work is under way to include an extra exhibition platform in 2006. This will be all the more necessary since the 2006 event will also accommodate the national competitions for the Brown Swiss and Simmental breeds. The SOMMET will thus reinforce its goal of becoming the leading event in Europe for meat breeds, while at the same time strengthening its dairy products expertise.

About SOMMET DE L’ELEVAGE

As a dynamic showcase for the latest technological innovations in the sector and a platform for meetings and other professional exchanges, the SOMMET DE L’ELEVAGE is the leading European event for professionals in the stock-breeding sector.

The event was held at the Grande Halle d’Auvergne show ground in Clermont Ferrand (in central France), from 6 to 8 October 2005.

For more information, please go to: www.sommet-elevage.fr

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