SPACE 2019 will be held from Tuesday 10 September to Friday 13 September at Rennes Exhibition Centre.
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 is also 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, 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.
SPACE 2018 welcomed 108,347 visitors, including 14,418 international visitors from 121 countries, which was an increase of 3% compared to 2017.
This sustained attendance bears witness to the appeal of SPACE. As our visitors themselves tell us, SPACE provides a venue where they can meet with other farmers, see and discuss products or equipment they plan to purchase, meet their suppliers, and discover new ideas for their projects and farms.
Better path routing for our farmers. We know that working farmers have a limited amount of time to spend at the Expo. In order to enable them to target the exhibitors that interest them the most, SPACE has developed an app available on the App Store and Google Play. The first version for SPACE 2019 will be available in June.
The international visitorship at SPACE is one of its key features and strengths. There were 14,418 international visitors in 2018. SPACE boasts a diverse range of visitors from 121 countries, giving it a unique advantage compared to other expos. This diversity guarantees that our exhibitors will meet the prospects and clients who will help them develop their exports. The increase in first-time visitors (44% of international visitors came to SPACE for the first time last year) also bears witness to the thorough work undertaken by our staff to ensure the long-term stability and development of our worldwide audience.
This year, we have decided to extend our promotion activities to reach the countries of Central and Eastern Africa, by initiating partnerships with the press. We will also welcome for the first time official delegations from Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea, headed by their respective Ministers. Niger will also be there, with contacts underway to arrange for their delegation to visit.
The “Espace for the Future”
Act now for the climate! At a time when world experts are calling on the agricultural sector to address this issue, SPACE and the elected representatives of the Chambers of Agriculture decided to make climate change the theme of the Espace for the Future in 2019.
Farmers have already been using climate-friendly techniques and practices on their farms for many years.
This includes reducing inputs, seeking feed self-sufficiency, genetic performance, field planning, biodiversity and crop diversification, all of which constitute real economic levers for farms. Experts and farmers will be present at the Espace for the Future to share their experiences and the results of their latest initiatives.
To illustrate how committed the profession is to combating climate change, we asked the research firm ADQUATION to conduct a survey on this subject amongst a sample of cattle farmers. The study surveyed 302 French farmers with at least 60 cattle (111 in the West, 72 in the Southwest, 69 in the Northeast and 50 in the Southeast). The main conclusions indicate that 87% of them are concerned by climate issues, including a third who say they are “very concerned”. Younger farmers are particularly involved in climate-friendly processes.
The main actions taken to limit the impact of their activity on the climate are:
- Improving feed efficiency: 71%
- Reducing fuel consumption related to travel and field work: 63%
- Soil carbon storage (more pastures, planting trees, etc.): 52%
- Reducing electrical energy consumption in livestock buildings (LED lighting, energy efficient ventilation, etc.): 46%. The figure is 60% for those under 40 years of age.
- Reducing fossil energy consumption (gas, fuel oil) in buildings: 42%
- Producing renewable energy: 21 %
Of all interviewees, 89% have implemented at least one of these actions.
During the four-day event, the Espace for the Future in Hall 4 will feature demonstrations and presentations on the existing and future practices for climate protection. The Espace for the Future will once again be a source of ideas and solutions driven by the innovations presented by our exhibiting companies.
The programme of conferences and meetings at SPACE will once again be full and varied, with nearly 70 conferences and meetings already confirmed.
One highlight will be a conference organised by the Russian Union of Organic Producers on the morning of Tuesday 10 September, on Russia as a new major player in organic farming. The members of this association will also meet with exhibitors specialising in organic farming, as well as specialist producer organisations.
The IFIP morning forums, the IDELE and ITAVI conferences, the international agri-market focus sessions and all the other organisations involved help make SPACE an absolutely exceptional forum for information sharing.
ABCIS, a consulting company created by the three technical institutes IFIP, ITAVI and IDELE will hold a conference on the morning of Wednesday 11 September on the impact of African swine fever on global protein trade.
The programme of animal presentations is top quality again this year. SPACE 2019 will feature two major highlights, a Pie Rouge breed European Challenge and a Salers breed National Festival.
The multi-breed auction is one of the events unique to SPACE. It will take place on Wednesday 11 September starting at 4.30 pm. Genotyped animals of 7 different breeds will be offered for sale (Prim’Holstein, Normande, Pie Rouge, Montbéliarde, French Brown, Jersey and Simmental). 550 cattle of 13 different breeds will provide a continuous spectacle in the main ring during the four days of the Expo. 200 sheep and goats of 11 different breeds will also be shown.
New at SPACE: aquaculture
Aquaculture produces about 80 million tonnes of animals and 30 million tonnes of plants each year. This is an order of magnitude equivalent to that of fishing. It is also the result of steady growth in recent years (an average of 5.8% annual growth between 2001 and 2016, the date of the last FAO report on the subject). There are also areas where the sector posts over 10% growth, particularly in Africa, where the potential remains largely under-exploited.
SPACE has been hosting conferences on aquaculture for several years. On the strength of this initial success, SPACE now plans to be a key event for French and international businesses in this fast-growing sector, which attracts an increasing number of visitors (9% of international visitors in 2018).
- Two half-day conferences on aquaculture on Tuesday 10 September.
- Special path routing to the stands of the exhibitors in the aquaculture sector.
Tours on this theme during the Expo.
The objective is to enable exhibitors and visitors interested in this theme to meet and exchange ideas. Many exhibitors have fish and shrimp farming solutions but don’t promote them at SPACE because our Expo is primarily geared toward livestock. In order to make this initiative a success, we plan to target our communication efforts to French and foreign businesses involved in fish farming who are not yet familiar with the Expo.
SPACE 2019 will therefore be a unique and unifying event for all animal production sectors, with a strong focus on issues impacting livestock farmers. It is a special event where livestock professionals come together and find a reflection that is rewarding and in line with the image they have of their profession.
As a reminder, the study conducted in 2018 using the economic impact calculator of UNIMEV (Union Française des Métiers de l’Evénement) showed that SPACE also generates more than 90 million euros in economic activity locally:
- Direct economic benefits excluding VAT (generated by the organisation of the Expo, the participation of the exhibitors): €53,237,885
- Indirect economic benefits excluding VAT (accommodation and tourism in the area concerned by SPACE’s activities): €36,854,393
We look forward to seeing you from 10 to 13 September at the Exhibition Centre in Rennes for the 33rd SPACE Expo, a showcase for our changing livestock sector that is firmly focused on the future and global issues, to design the next generation of livestock production.