SPACE 2015, held recently in Rennes, France, attracted 106,226 visitors including 15,042 international attendees from 125 countries. Attendance was down slightly due to fewer French visitors but was more than offset by a significant increase in international visitors (up 13% compared to 2014). Large delegations from Algeria, China, Egypt, Iran, India, Morocco and elsewhere firmly established SPACE as a true "Planet Livestock."
The 1,449 exhibitors were a record: 38 countries were represented and nearly 200 were new exhibitors.The number of foreign exhibitors totaled 494 – 34% of the total. There was also more stand and exhibition space.
The 2015 Expo featured the presentation of Innov'Space awards to 48 winners and five special prizes. An exclusive distinction went to the companies that had won the most times.
The Research and Development Village on the theme "My Connected Farm - Performance at My Fingertips" was a success. It showed that livestock farmers are looking for innovative, effective tools to improve farm performance, animal welfare and working conditions. The Village provided information on precision feeding, digital technology in dairy farming, utilizing data in poultry farming and selective breeding for the future.
The animal presentations focused on innovation with the only multi-breed auction in France. Several animals were sold for export, particularly to Portugal.
In these turbulent times for livestock production, SPACE 2015 helped reaffirm its role as a unifying event for livestock farming and its crucial role in plotting a course for the future.