Animal competitions

A world-class genetics hub


Every year, around 700 animals are exhibited at SPACE, selected for their high genetic value: 

- 550 cattle from 13 breeds: Prim'Holstein, Limousine, Normande, Montbéliarde, Charolaise, Salers, Jersey, Swiss Brown...

- 170 sheep and goats from 9 breeds: Ile-de-France, Mouton Vendéen, Suffolk, Charollais, Bleu du Main, Texel...



In 2018, the Parthenais breed will be in the spotlight for the first time at SPACE. The Prim'Holstein France Challenge will be one of the highlight of 2018 edition. 



Tuesday 11.09: the beef breeds show with two national competitions

For the first time at SPACE, the Parthenais breed will organise its national competition at the Expo. Only the 80 best animals in the breed will be competing.

Five other beef breeds will enter the inter-regional competition in the afternoon.

The Roussin sheep breed will also be in the spotlight with its national competition organised from 14.00.

Wednesday 12.09: interregional competitions and a high quality inter-breed auction

60 Normande, 15 Pie Rouge and 28 Montbéliarde cattle will be on show in the ring from 9.00.

Prior to the sale, a breed event organised by the group Evolution will take place in the main ring. Different themes will be addressed through livestock presentations, personal accounts from farmers and speeches by specialists, etc.

The day will end with the multi-breed auction. Starting at 04.30 PM, genotyped animals from 7 different breeds will be offered for sale. 

Thursday 13.09: the Prim'Holstein France Challenge

After 2010 and 2012, the France Challenge will once again be organised at SPACE. All the French regions will be represented with their best animals. SPACE’s Prim’Holstein competition is one of the most prestigious in Europe.

190 animals will be on parade throughout the day in the ring. The judges’ decision on the Grand Champion will be revealed late in the afternoon. The Belgian international judge, Bruno Toussaint, will officiate. 

Friday 14.09: Dairy Breed Event and parade of prize-winners

The inter-regional competitions of the Simmental, Brown and Jersey breeds will take place through the day on Friday.

A horse breed presentation by the Brittany Horse Breeding Centre is also planned.

The Show will end with the presentation of all the sheep and cattle who won prizes during the week.

Continuously on show in Hall 1 and 1 bis

All the animals will be on show for the four days of the Expo, in Hall 1 for beef and dairy cattle and Hall 1 bis for sheep and goats.

New : 'West Limousine's Showcase' on Wednesday 12 September

This event is organised by the Limousin breeders of Western France, in addition to the Limousin breed competition at SPACE. A total of 90 animales from 36 farms will participate in this first Showcase.

The West Limousine's Showcase, organised by the Limousin Federations of Brittany and Pays de la Loire, France Limousin Sélection and the Limousin Herd Book, will take place on Wednesday 12 September from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM at 'Les Grands Evignés' in Chavagne.

Shuttle will provide easy access to the site (Departure Gate C) 

While waiting for the 2018 edition, experience again SPACE 2017 animal competitions: 

Photo gallery of SPACE 2017 competitions:

Alice Bertrand, photographer at SPACE, settles in the main ring every year. Through her pictures, experience again the emotion of animal competitions!

Discover more pictures on the following page:


Videos of competitions:

Discover videos of all awarded animals at SPACE 2017 :


Full prize list

You can also find all the animal competitions results on the following page:

Photo gallery of animal competitions SPACE 2017