EuroTier 2014 has opened its doors to the public. The German animal production trade fair is playing host to in excess of 2,300 exhibitors this week from around the world.
Parallel to the commercial exhibition, technical forums dedicated to poultry, pigs, cattle and aquaculture are taking place with topics ranging from welfare, sustainability, use of antibiotics and general production outlooks.
Organizers Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft (DLG) note that Europe’s farmers are currently focusing on innovations in data processing and animal welfare and that, despite Europe’s current economic difficulties, there is still a willingness to invest in Germany, Poland, and the United Kingdom, even if some caution remains. Investments in France, however, are declining.
The DLG highlights that, investment intentions in the UK are up a staggering 24 percent up on the level reported in its autumn 2013 survey, with 55 percent of farmers intending to invest over the next 12 months. In Germany, investment intentions are stable in comparison to the autumn 2013 survey.