From November 13 to 16, the world's leading trade fair for animal production, EuroTier 2018, will take place at Hanover Exhibition Centre. The leading companies in the livestock industry will show a complete range of their products and services, including numerous innovations.

So far, more than 2,200 exhibitors from 60 countries have registered for this year's event. Substantially more than half the exhibitors come from outside Germany. A high level of European participation has been noted, mainly from the Netherlands (187), France (122), Italy (119), Spain (80), Denmark (59), United Kingdom (58), Belgium (50), Austria (50), Turkey (50) and Poland (45). From overseas, China (156) leads the list, followed by Canada (30), USA (25) and India, Pakistan and Korea with about 20 exhibitors each.

"EuroTier provides a platform for a wide range of new products and services, and this, of course, attracts international livestock professionals," said EuroTier project manager Dr Karl Schlösser. "The exceptionally high level of exhibitor interest from abroad shows that competition in international markets for innovative and sustainable animal husbandry takes place at EuroTier in Hanover."

All leading manufacturers and suppliers from both the pig and cattle/dairy sectors will be represented at the event. "As a result, EuroTier 2018, with its unique range of innovations, trends and technical program, will once again be an indispensable source of information for farmers and other professionals from the livestock sector," added Dr Schlösser. "Compared to previous years, exhibitor registrations show encouraging growth in the areas of dairy and animal feed, and we can be sure that EuroTier will offer a particularly unique range of insights into trends and solutions related to feedstuffs and animal health."

Animal welfare and digitisation drive innovation
At EuroTier, the competition for the most innovative machinery and equipment for international markets will take place. The innovations shown here in the areas of livestock building construction, feeding and husbandry, as well as digital animal monitoring solutions and control technology, will provide a new impetus for efficiency, animal management and animal welfare. An independent, international committee of experts set up by the DLG will again be evaluating the EuroTier innovations submitted by exhibitors, and then award gold and silver medals in accordance with strict criteria.

Top beef and dairy genetics in focus – Daily demonstrations in the "TopTierTreff"
A highlight at EuroTier is the "TopTierTreff" (top cattle genetics), where breeding cattle – both meat and dairy – will be displayed on stage in a special presentation. This live show of pedigree stock from more than 70 of Europe"s top breeders is accompanied by a commentary in different languages, including English and Russian. Some sheep and goat breeding stock will also be featured.

"Digital Animal Farming" Special feature
An increasingly digitally connected world opens up new possibilities for successfully combining productivity and animal welfare, as well as information management and the sustainable use of natural resources. Efficiency and animal health, in addition to transparency and quality in the production processes, are now the key to economic and ecological success in livestock farming. Under the theme "Digital Animal Farming", the DLG, together with partners from business, science and consulting, will also be providing information on the significance of digitisation for modern livestock farming as part of a special feature at EuroTier 2018 in Hanover. Whether in production monitoring, animal health or animal welfare or also transparency (or traceability) across the entire processing chain to the consumer, the use of sensors and targeted data management allows the needs of the animals, the environment, the farmer and consumers alike to be taken into account. In Hall 26, a special area will host exhibitors presenting exhibits and explanations on animal husbandry in the digital age. In addition, short lecture events and discussion groups are planned in the forum.

Poultry farming: feeding, air conditioning and animal health in focus
The next World Poultry Show to take place under the aegis of EuroTier will be in 2020 in conjunction with the international poultry industry. Nevertheless, at least 60 registered exhibitors specialising in poultry and covering all poultry product areas will be in Hanover this November. As always, poultry farmers will also find comprehensive information on animal feed, air conditioning, animal health and energy in this cross-species area this year.

"EnergyDecentral" – International Trade Fair for Innovative Energy Supply
EnergyDecentral, the international trade fair for innovative energy supply that takes place parallel to EuroTier, is all about energy from renewable sources such as biogas, biogenic solid fuels, engine systems (CHP), wind power, solar energy and smart energy. In a special feature this year, visitors can expect a show with live commentary organised by the DLG. This will show how photovoltaics, wind and biogas can intelligently supply all electricity consumers with green electricity on demand. Developments in the market for biogas will be discussed at the "BIOGAS Convention" trade conference organised by the Biogas Association. This is the world's largest meeting point for the biogas industry, and one that visitors from outside Germany find particularly valuable as a source of information on economic considerations and technology trends in numerous international discussion events. For the first time, the European Biomass Association's (AEBIOM) European Bioenergy Future (EBF) event, which focuses on biogenic solid fuels, will be held at EnergyDecentral. The special practical demonstration "Biogenic solid fuels: wood and stalk biomass" will take place at the outdoor area, highlighting its low-emissions and cost-efficiency. Finally, "Predictive Maintenance" for combined heat and power plants will once again form a focal point at EnergyDecentral 2018. Groundbreaking, innovative developments in the energy industry are once again eligible to enter the innovation award scheme, which may result in an "EnergyDecentral" innovation medal. An independent, international committee of recognised experts will evaluate the innovations, and the medals will be awarded during the fair.

bpt congress again at the same time as the EuroTier
Once again this year, the German Association of Veterinarians (bpt) will hold its annual congress and accompanying trade fair "Veterinary Medicine" overlapping with EuroTier at the Hanover Exhibition Centre. An "International Animal Health Event", organised jointly by the DLG and the bpt, will once again provide veterinarians from all over the world with a meeting place and contact exchange, as well as a link between the EuroTier and the bpt congress.

Many meeting places for professional livestock owners
Together with partners from business, science, consulting, associations and organisations, the DLG will once again be presenting an extensive specialist program as a supplement to the exhibitors' offerings this year. These include international conferences and events on current trends and important industry developments. Popular meeting places for top international farmers and advisors are the EuroTier Cattle & Pig Event and the International Poultry Event, all of which take place on the eve of the exhibition opening on November 12, 2018 at the Convention Center (CC). These are important contact and information exchange events.

Campus & Career
With Campus & Career, the DLG will be offering a platform for careers, science and research at EuroTier 2018. Taking place in Hall 26, everything revolves around professional life, science and research. Here, professionals young and old can establish contacts with companies looking for staff, find out about vocational courses, study or further education, or learn about the latest developments in research.

"Young Farmers Day"
"Young Farmers Day" is again scheduled for Thursday, November 15, and this will welcome young farmers and agricultural students from Germany and abroad. The day will end with the traditional "Young Farmers Party" completing the event in a suitably musical fashion.

Travel service for foreign visitors
The DLG is once again organising a comprehensive travel service for visitors to EuroTier, with 72 travel partners in about 50 countries helping to organise transport and accommodation.

Further information for visitors and exhibitors can be found online, HERE.

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