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RASSEGNA SUINICOLA: Italy

Europe's largest pig show, Rassegna Suinicola, took place in the Italian city of Reggio Emilia (16-18 April 2009). Among the 13,000 visitors was Pig Progress editor Vincent ter Beek, who met with representatives of an industry in difficult times.

Read more about Rassegna Suinicola in Pig Progress 25.05, which will appear this June.
 
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  • Although the show was well advertised throughout the city, the show faced a reduction of visitors, mainly a joint result of the feed crisis and the financial crisis.

    Although the show was well advertised throughout the city, the show faced a reduction of visitors, mainly a joint result of the feed crisis and the financial crisis.

  • Approximately 13,000 visitors passed the entrance gates of SIPER fairgrounds, about 20% less in comparison to the previous edition in 2007, when a total of 15,794 came to visit the show.

    Approximately 13,000 visitors passed the entrance gates of SIPER fairgrounds, about 20% less in comparison to the previous edition in 2007, when a total of 15,794 came to visit the show.

  • No wonder that about 250 desperate Italian pig producers voiced their grievances outside the venue prior to the official opening. They protested against retailers selling pork at good prices but allegedly not sharing profits; and against the government being, in their opinion, too passive about the situation.

    No wonder that about 250 desperate Italian pig producers voiced their grievances outside the venue prior to the official opening. They protested against retailers selling pork at good prices but allegedly not sharing profits; and against the government being, in their opinion, too passive about the situation.

  • Tiberio Rabboni, agricultural minister of the region of Emilia-Romagna, performed the official opening on the first day of the show.

    Tiberio Rabboni, agricultural minister of the region of Emilia-Romagna, performed the official opening on the first day of the show.

  • Suinicola consisted of three halls of 275 exhibitors and one hall of live pigs on show, the total covering more than 25,000 m2.

    Suinicola consisted of three halls of 275 exhibitors and one hall of live pigs on show, the total covering more than 25,000 m2.

  • Companies of several different backgrounds were present. Several focused on books on agriculture and pig production, like this one from Edizioni L'Informatore Agrario.

    Companies of several different backgrounds were present. Several focused on books on agriculture and pig production, like this one from Edizioni L'Informatore Agrario.

  • Farm equipment company Cima Impianti certainly drew a lot of attention by presenting a large inflatable pig at the show.

    Farm equipment company Cima Impianti certainly drew a lot of attention by presenting a large inflatable pig at the show.

  • Launched at Suinicola was the Agricool 120 (in the middle of the picture), a product by the Italian farm equipment company Agritech. This product is a hygienic and economic solution for the safe conservation of pig corpses in breeding farms.

    Launched at Suinicola was the Agricool 120 (in the middle of the picture), a product by the Italian farm equipment company Agritech. This product is a hygienic and economic solution for the safe conservation of pig corpses in breeding farms.

  • Gong, also focusing on farm equipment and accessories, presented a liquid feeding tank, to be used on-farm for e.g. whey-based liquid feeding. For more information about liquid feeding in Italian farms, click here.

    Gong, also focusing on farm equipment and accessories, presented a liquid feeding tank, to be used on-farm for e.g. whey-based liquid feeding. For more information about liquid feeding in Italian farms, click here.

  • Just before its official European launch, Intervet/Schering-Plough already paved the way for its new one-shot vaccine against PCVAD, called Porcilis PCV.

    Just before its official European launch, Intervet/Schering-Plough already paved the way for its new one-shot vaccine against PCVAD, called Porcilis PCV.

  • Time for the relaxing side of agriculture: a nice display of pork products, like prosciutto (ham), salsiccia (sausage) and even formaggio parmigiano (Parmesan cheese), could be found at the show.

    Time for the relaxing side of agriculture: a nice display of pork products, like prosciutto (ham), salsiccia (sausage) and even formaggio parmigiano (Parmesan cheese), could be found at the show.

  • Pride of the region: prosciutto di Parma or certified Parma ham. For more information on the road to Parma ham production, click here.

    Pride of the region: prosciutto di Parma or certified Parma ham. For more information on the road to Parma ham production, click here.

  • In the fourth hall, the Italian association of swine breeders (ANAS) was present with several presentations on e.g. genetics and Parma ham production.

    In the fourth hall, the Italian association of swine breeders (ANAS) was present with several presentations on e.g. genetics and Parma ham production.

  • ANAS also organised a boar and sow excellence contest where animals were judged on their physical appearance and qualities.

    ANAS also organised a boar and sow excellence contest where animals were judged on their physical appearance and qualities.

  • The next edition of Rassegna Suinicola is planned for the year 2011.

    The next edition of Rassegna Suinicola is planned for the year 2011.

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