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SOMMET DE L’ELEVAGE breaks 100,000-visitor ceiling

by Grace Kisembo

The annual SOMMET DE L’ELEVAGE show is anticipated to lure more exhibitors and visitors, next officials of the event have announced.

Fabrice Berthon, the Show’s General Manager made the statement after the 31st edition which attracted 105,000 visitors and 5,000 international visitors, and led to several big contracts being signed.

According to the organisers, the Jeunes Agriculteurs (Young Farmers) AfterCow rave was an enormous success.

“It was the first time that this event has been organised, and it was some first as it attracted 5,000 partygoers!”

“Just like the evening sponsored by the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region that attracted 1,500 people, affording exhibitors, farming bodies and politicians some downtime to meet and talk over a convivial glass of wine,” said Berthon,

Sharing the same sentiments that this year’s objective has been more than achieved, Jacques Chazalet, the SOMMET’s President said: “We should highlight the excellent livestock judging at this year’s show including the Charolais breed with its National Championships that was of the highest quality, plus a record number of technical conferences.”

Next year the show has plans to host the Limousin and Brown Swiss breeds National Championships, with more visitor expected at the show

“To continue our momentum and welcome 1,600 exhibitors and 110,000 visitors in 2023.”

Meanwhile the ceiling of 5,000 international visitors smashed 2022 marks the return of international visitors with an attendance comparable to that of 2019, the last time the show was able to receive all foreign delegations prior to the COVID pandemic.

“This edition has been one of meeting up with old friends again. There was real enthusiasm from foreign visitors delighted to be back in the International Lounge. We counted over 5,000 foreign visitors from more than 80 countries,” said Benoît Delaloy, Sommet’s International Manager.

This year, the SOMMET’S guest of honour was Mongolia, which was an enormous success due to the very strong links that have been forged over several years in preparation for this year’s event.

“It was a slickly run operation from start to finish, with many very tangible events including visits to livestock farms, conferences, the exhibition of two yaks and a Mongolian yurt, demonstrations of Mongolian cuisine and the presence of the Mongolian Minister of Agriculture.”

Other highlights included the International Livestock Evening that attracted between 300 and 400 spectators, and the European Hereford Congress that interested approximately 100 Hereford farmers from 10 different countries.

This congress signalled the recognition of the French Hereford Breed Society and included a rich exchange of ideas and rearing methods.

“2023 will see the national championships of two very popular international cattle breeds, the Limousin in the main Zenith beef ring and in the milk cattle ring, the Brown Swiss,” as concludes Bruno Dufayet, President of APRAMAC, the Association that organises the livestock judging during the SOMMET.

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