The livestock farming sector is constantly impacted by global economics and health issues.The spread of African swine fever around the world and in particular in China is just one example of a crisis affecting our markets. Everyone involved in livestock farming worldwide is aware of the importance of managing animal health along the entire livestock production value chain.
The European political context isalso changing. The upcoming elections are extremely important for EU countries, and agricultural issues must be given the attention they deserve in the debates. The upcoming negotiations on CAP reform could shape policy for our sector in the autumn, a few weeks after SPACE.
At the national level, our farmers are dealing with increasingly high consumer expectations. Today, biosecurity is the key to protecting and growing our sectors. Production models are changing and diversifying. Fewer young people are going into farming, and the pool of skilled labour to meet the demand in agricultural production is shrinking because these jobs are not attractive.
Moreover, farming is by nature the first sector to be impacted by climate change. We must adapt and anticipate change by implementing new techniques, new practices and new equipment.
In such a changing, demanding and sometimes alarming context, it is important for our livestock farmers to have a place to meet, to demonstrate their expertise and their pride in their profession. That's what they find at SPACE, according to what they tell us. They feel proud to belong to this sector that provides food for people and the Planet, while protecting the environment and ensuring the well-being of the animals they raise.
For the companies and organisations that support them, it is important to develop their markets in France and abroad, introduce new products, demonstrate new solutions and explain how they are promoting responsible farming.
SPACE is the key event that meets the expectations of livestock farmers across all sectors, including cattle, pig, sheep, goat and poultry farmers. It is the only event that is able to bring together so many diverse and complementary actors.
Based on the ongoing confidence of exhibitors, the full and varied programme of meetings and conferences and SPACE's international reputation as a world-class show, it is clear that the 33rd Expo will be the key livestock event of the season.
The number of exhibitors registered is once again high this year and reflects the confidence businesses have in our Expo. As of 13 May, 1,293 businesses have registered (1,281 in 2018, 1,273 in 2017, 1,262 in 2016, 1,257 in 2015 and 1,223 in 2014 at the same period).
As of that date, nearly 400 international companies from 38 countries have registered. This strong participation reflects the position of SPACE in the worldwide panorama of Expos, and is the result of our organisation’s constant efforts to develop the Expo. The 154 new exhibitors, including 85 international exhibitors, also attest to the appeal of our Expo at the global level. There were 44 new exhibitors on the same date in 2018.
Exhibitors have requested 60,000 m² of exhibit space. All the halls will be fully occupied again this year (240 m² more were requested this year than last year on the same date), as will the outdoor exhibit space.
High demand has once again been recorded in the halls dedicated to cattle farming: hall 1 and hall 11 (milking and related equipment). Hall 9 dedicated to animal feed and nutrition is also in high demand by exhibitors, as is Hall 4, geared toward biogas, the environment and data management.
Hall 8 dedicated to pork production will also be fully occupied this year. The poultry sector will occupy all of Halls 10 A and 10 B, featuring exhibitors involved in genetics, buildings and equipment. SPACE is the only international event for the poultry sector this year.
The outdoor exhibit space requested is 31,055 m². This strong demand reflects the importance of SPACE for manufacturers of livestock farm equipment and machinery, whose market prospects for 2019 are quite promising.
Our exhibitors will be able to showcase their new products and services at Innov'Space again this year. Innov'Space addresses the strong demand of our visitors who are looking to discover new products and services. The panel of experts, independent of the SPACE organisers, will meet in late June to award the Innov’Space label to the companies that have submitted their applications by the May 15 deadline and that meet the criteria. In 2018, 39 winners were awarded prizes as part of this initiative.
May 2019 - Space