Space 2018 gathered 1,410 exhibitors from 42 different countries
Innovation and livestock were the focal points at the 32nd edition of Space, the French trade fair, that took place this year from 11 to 14 September at Parc-Expo Rennes exhibition centre.
This time around, there were 1,410 exhibitors from 42 different countries and a total of 108,347 delegates from 121 countries around the world.
International attendance was up slightly (by 2.8%), showing how SPACE has unique international appeal, despite the market being particularly competitive this year.
The exhibition was particularly strong this year in terms of international reach, its focus on innovation in working conditions and excellence in health and safety. Delegates came to Rennes from all over the world: India, Japan, China, Korea, Canada, Russia, Ukraine, North Africa and West Africa. For the first time this year, meetings were held for pig and poultry inter-professional associations from West Africa and France. They proved successful in turning theoretical discussions into reality and demonstrated how SPACE plays a key role in linking up livestock professionals from different parts of the world to enable future global developments.
The livestock show was particularly good this year. 750 animals were presented in total (200 sheep and 550 cattle across 13 different breeds). And France's national competition for the Parthenaise cattle breed was held at SPACE for the first time this year. 70 animals featured in what proved to be a first-rate presentation. The Challenge France Prim 'Holstein breed competition was also a raging success showed how SPACE has become a unique genetic showcase for such breeds.
Hosted by the Brittany Agricultural Chambers, the "Espace for the Future" zone featured an exhibition and highly-visual, practical demos on the solutions and planning required to improve working conditions for livestock farmers. One of the main aims of this zone was to make jobs in the industry more attractive, and the high number of visitors show just how important this is right now.
Once again, innovation was central to this year's exhibition. There were 39 Innov'Space prize-winners and 5 of them were highly commended by the judging panel. Their achievements show how interested livestock farmers are in new solutions to improve working conditions, the wellbeing of animals, data management and more.
"There was also an unprecedented number of talks on the exhibition programme (almost one hundred). They covered a whole range of key topics for livestock professionals", informs the organisers.
Excellence in health and safety was a topic that garnered a great deal of interest in a number of different areas such as animal presentations, talks, and livestock visits, for example.
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