The exchange of livestock is something that has long existed; the first fair of the animal sector as we know it today, goes back to the XII century. However, in our country (Spain), it was not until 1453 when, by order of Juan I of Castile, the international fair of Zafra was held in Badajoz.
Over the years, these events have evolved and incorporated new sectors that go beyond buying and selling. Those interested in the sector, attend to learn about the technological advances that allow to improve their farms and meet new suppliers.
An important sector is that of food, which has grown enormously and optimizes the profit margin in production animals without neglecting animal welfare.
In this article we will see the main fairs inof the animal sector.
EUROTIER (Hannover, Germany)
Eurotier is one of the most important fairs in the livestock and animal production sector, which takes place every two years and attracts exhibitors from all over the world. This event offers a global vision of the latest developments in equipment and technologies.
In 2016 there were 2638 exhibitors and approximately 163000 visitors, where the novelties of the bovine, porcine, poultry, aquaculture, sheep and goat sectors were presented. Parallel events were also held, with training and information for professionals in the sector offered.
This event is usually held during the month of November in the city of Hannover.
IPPE (Atlanta, USA)
IPPE, is the International Fair of Production and Processing that takes place in Atlanta, United States, during the last days of January and the first days of February. This fair is attended by more than 1200 exhibitors and over 30 thousand professionals in the sector.
IPPE brings together new technologies, equipment, supplies and services used in the production of eggs, meat, poultry and those involved in the manufacture of feed.
It is an important meeting point for buyers and sellers of the world.
IPPE is recognized as one of the most important fairs in the sector, and takes place every year in the months of January and February.
VIV ASIA (Bangkok, Thailand)
Destined to present the latest developments in animal production and the subsequent processing to the production of food intended for human consumption.
The latest edition of VIV Asia, held in March 2017 was a great success, and the next one in 2019 is expected to be even more successful. This edition had more than 900 international exhibitors, and nearly 50 thousand visitors.
VIV Asia is a unique opportunity to meet the world leaders of the sector and the main Asian producers, which are currently experiencing significant growth.
This fair is usually held every two years during the month of March.
Analogously, VIV Russia is the trade fair for animal breeding and processing in Russia and the C.I.S. countries.. It shows the developments of the industry through the Feed to Food concept that combines supply and demand within the complete chain of animal proteins.
SPACE (Rennes, France)
SPACE is an event designed for professionals in the sector of animal production, which shows the latest developments in the market in its different aspects. It is an annual event where of compulsory attendance is important for all professionals in the sector at the European level. SPACE is one of the most important fairs of the sector in France, which addresses all the novelties in nutrition and allows attendees to establish contacts with other professionals.
In 2017, 1441 exhibitors participated, of which 499 were international. In addition, the fair was visited by more than 114 thousand people.
SPACE is usually held in the French city of Rennes during the month of September.
FIGAN (Zaragoza, Spain)
FIGAN is a fair that takes place every two years in the city of Zaragoza, and is known as the “Epicenter of Innovation and Technology of the agricultural sector”.
It is one of the leading fairs of the agricultural and livestock sector in the entire Mediterranean Arc, ideal to present new products and equipment and to make contacts and meet new companies with which to grow.
More than 70 thousand people visited this fair in 2017 and there was a large increase in international exhibitors, coming from more than 40 different countries.
Like other fairs in the sector, FIGAN is held every two years during the month of March.
OTHER CONGRESSES AND INTERNATIONAL EVENTS FOR ANIMAL SPECIES
The congresses and specific events by species let us see from a different point of view the advances of each sector. In them, representatives of the most prestigious nutrition companies and scientists in the field present their research in terms of new formulations or applications of nutrients.
Some events to consider are:
FEDNA Congress (Spain)
In this congress held annually in Madrid each November, various aspects related to the latest advances in Nutrition and Animal Feeding are exposed. It gathers around 400 representatives of the sector, corresponding to 30% national researchers, 30% foreign technicians and 40% national nutritionists.
The presentations are given or moderated by leaders in the feed manufacturing industry and researchers in animal nutrition with the aim of sharing innovation in nutrition and how to apply these industries effectively.
ESPN European Symposium on Poultry Nutrition (Spain)
The impact of climate change on poultry production, food strategies, the optimization of ingredients and the creation of environmentally sustainable poultry, are some of the topics discussed in the latest edition of “European Symposium on Poultry Nutrition” of Tarragona in the 2017 edition.
It is an event organized by the Organizing Committee of ESPN 2017 and IRTA (Agri-Food Research and Technology Institute of the Generalitat de Catalunya) where new trends in poultry nutrition will be addressed.
World Pork Expo (USA)
At this event the largest swine industry trade fair in the world takes place. It gathers pig producers and industry professionals from all over the world where, in addition to buying and selling, educational seminars are held where attendees can get up to speed on the news in the sector.
Poultry India (India)
Poultry India is an international exhibition on the poultry industry where the most innovative and reputable companies in the sector are presented. There they interact with potential partners, investors or suppliers to learn about the latest developments in terms of food, equipment, technology and animal health.
Scientific forums are also offered where the latest advances in poultry research, science and technology are presented.
Latin American Poultry Congress (Mexico)
The Program of Conferences includes 6 Plenary Sessions and 45 Master Conferences, whose topics of current affairs, conjuncture and global innovation, will answer the doubts of poultry experts. In this congress, the most important supplier companies of the world poultry industry meet to occupy more than 640 stands distributed in 11,900 m2 of exhibition.
Argentine Congress of Animal Nutrition (Argentina)
The Argentine Chamber of Animal Nutrition Companies (CAENA) organizes this congress with a complete program that will include technical talks on the different species, plenary lectures, presentation of free papers, posters, and workshops will be addressed.
The Congress will be geared toward professionals and technicians of companies and institutions, independent advisors, managers of operations, entrepreneurs, producers, and in general, to the users of inputs and services of the sector. It is a space to exchange experiences and grow business.