Despite a highly competitive international context, exhibitors have again placed their trust in the 32nd edition of Space, a livestock event which runs Tuesday 11th to Friday 14th September, at Rennes Parc-Expo, in France. The International Aquafeed team have been present to report on the show.

The numbers have been constant and overall the halls are full. "I warmly thank the exhibitors and visitors for coming. This continuing faith in the show and the exceptional quality of the stands confirms the driving force of our agriculture", assured Anne-Marie Quéméner, Chief Superintendant of Space, and to congratulate "the success of the Young Farmers at the Terres de Jim at Javané last weekend. Our ability to organise two events of such magnitude within a couple of days of each other shows the commitment of all and our capacity to work together".

Space: Showing the trend
Space is a reference point for stockraisers confronted with new challenges, helping them face current changes, including technological changes. As a sounding board to social and professional problems, Space intends also to be a force for change in aiding stockraisers with innovative solutions. The stockraising sectors have been fully implicated in the National Roundtables for food security and have been through a pivotal year preoccupied by their capacity to generate a decent income.

"It is essential that our show maintains a firm grip on agricultural policies and that we reflect the stakes and decision which ensue," says Anne-Marie Quéméner, adding, "beyond the four days of the show, our amibition is to ensure the brand Space is relevant all through the year embodying the stockraising sectors and promoting Breton know-how throughout France and abroad."

Record numbers
A hundred thousand visitors are expected for this 32nd edition of Space with 1410 exhibitors including 456 from 41 different countries. The high numbers are a reflection of the confidence that businesses have in the show, despite a particularly dense international competition this year. 204 new exhibitors will grace the stands in agri-nutrition, poultry farming, the bovine and energy sectors. There is an unprecedented packed programme this year with a hundred conferences, meetings, roundtables and debates over the four days, confirming the strategic phrase of the show in the discussions of the future of stockbreeding. The issues discussed include animal health and welfare, data management, market forcasting, selling the farm, society's expectations concerning stock rearing, innovation and improving working conditions.

At the heart of innovation
Machinery and equipment are on the stands to bring concrete help to farmers along with B2B meetings and the highly popular innov'Space continues with 39 projects pre-selected this year from nearly 120 candidates for the coveted prize. This provides a recognised label for the winners proving a high degree of performance and ingenuity in modern stockraising techniques.

For more information visit the SPACE 2018 website, HERE.

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