The SOMMET DE L’ELEVAGE, Europe’s foremost livestock show, can confirm that this year’s edition will be open for business, the 7, 8 & 9 October in Clermont-Ferrand, France.
The show’s organisers, while continuing to monitor the situation, note the recent progress in the fight to overcome the COVID-19 epidemic in France. As a result of which, the SOMMET DE L’ELEVAGE will be open for business on the scheduled dates of 7, 8 & 9 October 2020.
“We are currently working hard and hand in hand with the local and national authorities as to the measures that we need to put in place to guarantee the health and safety of all the participants”, as Fabrice Berthon, the show’s Director, highlighted. “Though these conditions are not final at this point in time, we will, as soon as possible, be informing all exhibitors and all our visitors.”
Today, as almost 90% of trade exhibitors have confirmed their presence at the show, the organisers, despite the difficult context, are already confident that this 2020 edition will be good. “The SOMMET will be one of the very few farm shows to be held in Europe this year. And this explains why, since the end of the lockdown period, we are taking, every day, more and more stand bookings from new exhibitors.”
Another point of satisfaction for the organisers is the economic recovery in the farm sector. “Although some livestock sectors have been badly hit by the pandemic, notably that of the cheese-making sector, this year’s forage harvest, following 2 years of drought and fodder deficit, is off to a flying start. This leads us to believe that the farm economy and the trade environment in general will be far more promising come the autumn.”
The only uncertainty, as things stand today, remains the presence of the international visitors at this year’s show. As a reminder, the 2019 SOMMET DE L’ELEVAGE attracted 4,800 foreign visitors from over 90 countries confirming even more so the show’s stature as one of the world’s foremost farm livestock events. However, the show’s organisers remain hopeful that during the course of this summer the barriers to the unrestricted circulation among all countries and specifically within the E.U. will fall. It should be noted that most of the show’s international visitors are from Europe.
“In conclusion, if all the conditions are met, we expect to welcome many visitors and exhibitors for this 29th edition of the show, it will though however, be one of the most unusual”, as Fabrice Berthon added.
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