This new edition was a sign of the relatively stable economic situation of our livestock sectors, thanks to a
slightly more favourable business climate. Livestock farmers working in all types of animal
production were able to enjoy the Expo, which is aligned with the image they have of their
profession as a constructive, 21st-century sector.
SPACE 2019 brought together 1,400 exhibitors from 42 countries, and 105,318 visitors,
including 14,706 international visitors from 122 countries. The international attendance, up
2%, reflects the global dimension of this edition. This Expo was marked by the participation
of many delegations who came to our great livestock region of Western France to find
information on developing animal production in their countries: Russia with its national
agency for the development of organic agriculture; China, with a delegation led by the Vice-
Governor of Shandong Province; Kazakhstan with its Vice-Minister of Agriculture and its
Ambassador to France; and many more. It is also important to point out the participation of
many delegations from Africa, the continent in the spotlight this year: Senegal, Cameroon,
Nigeria, Mali, Guinea Conakry and Côte d'Ivoire all came to SPACE with very specific objectives
of promoting livestock development in their countries.
This edition was also dedicated to the climate. Farmers are already largely engaged in efforts
to combat climate change, and this was clearly demonstrated at the Espace for the Future,
with its theme "Climate-Friendly Practices and Technologies". A wide range of pragmatic and
financially viable solutions for greenhouse gas reduction, energy production and energy
efficient systems in livestock buildings were presented at the Espace for the Future.
SPACE 2019 once again showcased innovation in livestock farming thanks to 46 Innov'SPACE
winners and four Top Choice awards. Sustainability, health excellence and animal welfare,
digital technology and improved working conditions were the main areas addressed by these
All these themes were addressed in depth at the nearly hundred conferences and debates
on the agenda this year. The full and varied programme makes SPACE an absolutely unique
venue for sharing knowledge geared towards promoting and developing agriculture.
The animal presentations were also very successful this year, with 560 cattle (out of 1,500
candidates) of 13 different breeds, and 180 sheep. Thanks to the variety of breeds present,
SPACE promotes genetics at the national and international levels by showcasing these animals
and their breeders. The breeds in the spotlight were Salers for beef breeds, and Pie Rouge for
dairy breeds. For the first time, the SPACE organised a European Pie Rouge Challenge, with 45
elite animals from France, Belgium and Germany. The Genomic Elite auction, the only one in
Europe with 31 lots of seven different breeds, including the Limousine breed returning this
year, was also very popular. The highest bid was €8,600. The 33rd SPACE organisers were also
happy to announce an exciting European Prim'Holstein challenge coming in 2022.
The official visit in the presence of Didier Guillaume, Minister of Agriculture and Food, as
well as Loïg Chesnais-Girard, President of the Brittany Region, provided an opportunity for
various stakeholders in the livestock sector to express their expectations regarding the future
orientations of our agriculture, which is going through a period of transition. During the four-day
event, SPACE facilitates interactions and networking in its mission to help farmers cope
with the changes occurring in the livestock sectors.
SPACE opened its doors to aquaculture this year by organising two conferences on the topic,
as well as a tour of a fish farm, and by clearly identifying companies offering solutions for
this sector. Given the success of this initiative, a special area featuring stands dedicated to
fish farming will be set up at SPACE 2020, which will take place from Tuesday 15 to Friday
SPACE 2020: 15 to 18 September at the Rennes Exhibition Centre, in France