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Sommet de l'Elevage Livestock Trade Show Celebrates 20 Years
The 20th edition of this French trade show should feature more than 1,250 exhibitors. It will be held from October 5 to 7, 2011, at the Grande Halle d’Auvergne Exhibition Centre in Clermont-Ferrand, France.
By: Kim Elsham
An exceptional showcase for French livestock farming, the Sommet de l'Elevage 2011 will over three days host close to 2,000 animals of very high genetic quality, either on display or competing, broken down as follows: 850 beef-breed cattle heads (Hall 3), 450 dairy cattle heads (Hall 2), 400 sheep (Hall 5) and 300 workhorses and riding horses (Hall 4). This year, the spotlight will be on the French Limousine beef breed, with over 450 animals entered into the national competition. As for dairy cattle, the Brown Swiss breed will hold its major EUROBRUNE European competition featuring 80 cows from Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and France.
Extending across 150,000-m² exhibition area, the Sommet de l'Elevage will also provide its 75,000 visitors with a comprehensive offer aimed at all livestock farming sectors: farming machinery, facilities, supplies and livestock farming services. As it did last year, the trade show will also host the farming job forum organized by VETAGRO SUP (an agronomist and veterinarian school) and APECITA (Association for Farming Managers’ Employment).
Every year, the Sommet de l'Elevage increases its international appeal: 380 international exhibitors from about 30 countries and 2,500 visitors hailing from about 60 countries are expected in Clermont-Ferrand in 2011.
The International Business Club, headed by the ADEPTA (Association for the Development of International Trade in Farming Products and Techniques), will offer a VIP welcome to foreign delegations, as well as organizing guided tours of the trade show, meetings with exhibitors and a presentation of France’s offer in terms of livestock farming, know-how and genetics. Moreover, as part of the Year of Mexico in France, a specific reception procedure will be put in place to receive delegations of Mexican livestock farming managers.
It will also be possible for foreign visitors to take part in a host of professional side-events:
- close to 20 tours of livestock farms and food industry technical facilities (an insemination center, a slaughterhouse, a meat sector research center, etc.)
- the 3rd edition of the France/Africa meetings organized by the AFDI (French Farmers and International Development)
- the France-Maghreb Forum, to be held over two days on the topic of "France, a partner for Maghreb countries in the development of their cattle meat sector." This new event is organized by FranceAgriMer in partnership with FRANCE TERRE D’ELEVAGE.
Also marking the three days of the Sommet de l'Elevage, there will be a number of visits by politicians and some international symposiums. Many topics will be featured in those conferences, including: the latest advances in genomic research, the tenderness of meat, the impact of rising and volatile raw materials costs on cattle birthing and fattening, etc.
As always, the Sommets d’Or competition will reward those exhibitors whose materials, products or services are the most innovative in the farming/livestock farming sector.
For more information, please contact:
SOMMET DE L'ELEVAGE
Cité Régionale de l'Agriculture
9, allée Pierre de Fermet
Tel.: +33 4 73 28 95 13
Web: www.sommet-elevage.fr | www.facebook.com/