Tours of farms and agricultural enterprises in the Brittany area of north-west France are on offer to people attending this year's edition of France's professional animal production show called Space. The newly issued programme for the 21st Space confirms that tours to locations within a reasonable driving distance of the event's venue in Rennes will form part of the package being assembled for international visitors to the exhibition.
Anyone visiting from abroad will also have free entrance into the show on each of its days. Those from outside France will be able to use an international club facility on the showground during the dates for Space of Tuesday 11th September until Friday 14th September. Visitors can register online as of 15th June and receive more details of the package.
A new point for the exhibition this year is its inclusion of a display area dedicated to new energy sources. Additionally there will be the return of its R&D platform, in 2007 dealing with research into the production and marketing of added-value quality products.
Held in the city of Rennes every year since 1987, Space is located at the heart of the French region where most of the country's pigs are produced. For the last 10 years in succession it has attracted over 100 000 visitors annually. The 2006 edition reported a total attendance of 107 147, which included 9000 attendees from almost 100 other countries.
Among the show's 1243 exhibitors were 363 companies from outside France. Their stands filled 11 halls on the Parc Expo showground in the Saint-Jacques district of Rennes. The convenience of this site is its situation immediately next to the city's airport and only 5 minutes away by free shuttle bus at showtime.
International visitors attend not only from the rest of Europe, but also from Africa, Asia and the Americas. Most of those who travel to Space by air arrive in France at the international airport in Paris. They have the option of taking the high-speed TGV train for a journey of 2 hours from the French capital. But flying to Rennes needs only half the time, with that added advantage of arriving close to the showground.
Attendees in September will find that the show's regular Innov'Space section turns the spotlight once more on new products for the French and European markets. This annual event to introduce innovations across all parts of livestock production resulted in 58 Innov'Space awards being presented at the 2006 show. The majority were for pig products, reflecting the fact that supplies for pork production continue to represent one of the strongest segments of the exhibition. Altogether Space fills 11 large halls covering almost 5 hectares of area and a surrounding outdoor zone of another 4 hectares, but 2 of the largest halls are always for exhibits aimed at the pig sector.