September 24, 2015

24/09/2015: Solidarity at Planet Livestock

SPACE 2015 was held at the Rennes Exhibition Centre from September 15 to 18.

106,226 visitors attended the 29th SPACE, including 15,042 international visitors from 125 countries (up from 118 countries in 2014). Attendance was down slightly due to fewer French visitors but was more than offset by the very significant increase in international visitors (up 13 percent compared to 2014). Large delegations from Algeria, China, Egypt, Iran, India, Morocco and elsewhere around the globe firmly established SPACE as a true 'Planet Livestock'.
    

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As regards exhibitors, 2014's records were broken again: 1449 exhibitors from 38 countries attended (versus 1428 in 2014), including nearly 200 new companies. The number of foreign exhibitors was substantially higher, with 494 companies present (versus 458 in 2014), or 34 percent of all exhibitors. There was also more stand and exhibition space, with 69,500m² of net area (576m² more than in 2014 and 1076m² more than in 2013) and a total gross area of 116,500m².

Despite the unexpectedly strained context at the opening, SPACE 2015 ran normally and ended positively, thanks to the determination and solidarity of the organisers and participants. The strong involvement of the exhibitors and the high quality of the stands and the presentations prove that SPACE is of strategic importance for the future of their businesses thanks to the number and quality of the contacts encountered here. Livestock farmers still have projects, and they continue to modernise their farms in countless ways. SPACE allows everyone, exhibitors and livestock farmers, to meet in a friendly atmosphere to find common prospects for the future of livestock production.

The 2015 Expo was also marked by the Innov'Space awards, with 48 winners including five special prizes. At the 20th anniversary celebration of Innov'Space during the Exhibitors' Soirée, the companies that had won the most times were awarded an exclusive distinction. They praised the value of the label, which is a mark of recognition of the research teams who endeavour to find new solutions for farmers, and recognition of the entire profession.

The success of the Research and Development Village on the theme 'My Connected Farm - Performance at My Fingertips' shows that visitors to SPACE, and livestock farmers in general, are looking for innovative and effective tools to improve farm performance, animal welfare and working conditions. Over the four-day Expo, presenters at the Research and Development Village provided information on precision feeding, digital technology in dairy farming, using data in poultry farming, and selective breeding for the future.

The animal presentations also focused on innovation with the only multi-breed auction in France.  The sale featured Prim'Holstein, Normande, Pie Rouge, Brune and for the first time Montbéliarde and Limousin breeds. It was a great success, with several animals sold for export, particularly to Portugal. The Limousin Breed Festival placed this breed in the limelight this year and was boosted by the participation of breeders from the breed's region of origin, unfortunately limited for health reasons.

In these turbulent times for livestock production, the extent, diversity and value of the interactions among livestock professionals at SPACE 2015 helped reaffirm its role as a unifying event for livestock farming and its crucial role in plotting a course for the future.

The organisers look forward to seeing all the French and international stakeholders at the 30th SPACE to be held from September 13 to 16, 2016, in Rennes.


Find all the highlights from SPACE 2015 through the pictures of the show and the videos of animal competitions.

Visit the SPACE site HERE.
 

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