Sommet de l’Élevage Starts This Week in France

Randall Weiseman Exports/Imports, Livestock, Trade

Portraits Sommet Elevage, Benoit Delaloy, Clermont. Photo R Brunel

The 26th annual Sommet de l’Élevage will be taking place in France on October 4–6. The Sommet is the European Union’s largest livestock exposition, featuring competitions, workshops and nearly 1,400 exhibitors from around the globe. Benoit Delaloy, the Sommet’s international events director, says the 2017 show will be the best one yet.

Delaloy says approximately 2,000 animals will be participating in the live shows and competitions. The event includes about 50 conferences and workshops as well. There will also be a competition for exhibitors to award the best innovations in the industry.

Delaloy says that the Sommet has welcomed international visitors and exhibitors every year. Last year, the event hosted 4,000 people from different countries. Each year, Sommet organizers plan special events for the international visitors. This year, there will be 35 different farm tours, all dedicated to foreign visitors. Also, there will be an international lunch and gala where attendees can mingle.

This year is an exciting one for Sommet organizers and for the United States. For the first time ever, U.S. Livestock Exporters Association (LEA) members will be traveling to France for the event. This is the first year any U.S. producer or organization will attend. Delaloy believes the Sommet will be a great opportunity for delegates from the U.S. LEA to make foreign contacts.

He says the Sommet is extremely proud to host visitors from the United States because it has been trying to improve its promotional tools in the United States. “Now we can say that we’re a real international show,” Delaloy says.

He is confident that the U.S. visitors will have a great time attending the Sommet. “It’s always a good experience,” Delaloy concludes.

Check back on for updates from AgNet Media Founder and President Gary Cooper, as he covers the Sommet in France.

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