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SPACE 2011: France

SPACE 2011 takes place at a time of high feed prices, stressful carcass prices, tightening legislation, larger animal welfare demands and steadily reducing farm numbers. What is the atmosphere in Rennes this year and what solutions are offered? Vincent ter Beek, Pig Progress editor, reports...

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  • It's September again, so it's time for the international livestock industry to gather once more in Rennes, France, for the annual SPACE exhibition.

    It's September again, so it's time for the international livestock industry to gather once more in Rennes, France, for the annual SPACE exhibition.

  • The city's Park Expo has been blessed with sunshine so the expected 100,000+ visitors can freely move between the show's ten halls.

    The city's Park Expo has been blessed with sunshine so the expected 100,000+ visitors can freely move between the show's ten halls.

  • As has become a tradition at SPACE, some angry farmers take the opportunity to make a statement...

    As has become a tradition at SPACE, some angry farmers take the opportunity to make a statement...

  • Last year's experiences, when angry farmers could not control their temper, will most probably avoided with 'securité' personnel visibly and invisibly taking care of the visitor's safety.

    Last year's experiences, when angry farmers could not control their temper, will most probably avoided with 'securité' personnel visibly and invisibly taking care of the visitor's safety.

  • Bruno Le Maire, French minister of agriculture (3rd from the left) came down to Rennes, to open the show and inspect the halls. Show president Jean-Michel Lemetayer (second from the left) and exhibition manager Paul Kerdraon (right) keep him company.

    Bruno Le Maire, French minister of agriculture (3rd from the left) came down to Rennes, to open the show and inspect the halls. Show president Jean-Michel Lemetayer (second from the left) and exhibition manager Paul Kerdraon (right) keep him company.

  • Poultry-wise, an innovation came from Actini, as their Ovoflash innovation, awarded with one star, manages to pasteurise liquid eggs at 74 degrees C, avoiding coagulation by associating circulation speed and flow density to heating the egg a few seconds. The method claims to extend liquid egg shelf life to up to ten weeks.

    Poultry-wise, an innovation came from Actini, as their Ovoflash innovation, awarded with one star, manages to pasteurise liquid eggs at 74 degrees C, avoiding coagulation by associating circulation speed and flow density to heating the egg a few seconds. The method claims to extend liquid egg shelf life to up to ten weeks.

  • DSM received two stars for its new product Rovimix MaxiChick for poultry breeders – a combination of its earlier products HyD and Carophyll Red. The composition of the former (the active form of vitamin D3), and the latter (an antioxidant) creates synergy and improves fertility in male and female birds. It is also said to reduce embryonic mortality and yield more chicks of a better quality.

    DSM received two stars for its new product Rovimix MaxiChick for poultry breeders – a combination of its earlier products HyD and Carophyll Red. The composition of the former (the active form of vitamin D3), and the latter (an antioxidant) creates synergy and improves fertility in male and female birds. It is also said to reduce embryonic mortality and yield more chicks of a better quality.

  • A remarkable addition to SPACE is this modular processing unit for small producers, enabling them to increase their income. The company Isomir received two Innov' Space stars for this cabin type which is fully up to sanitary standards and can be used for poultry, pork, beef, etc. The company helps with (financial) advice throughout the project.

    A remarkable addition to SPACE is this modular processing unit for small producers, enabling them to increase their income. The company Isomir received two Innov' Space stars for this cabin type which is fully up to sanitary standards and can be used for poultry, pork, beef, etc. The company helps with (financial) advice throughout the project.

  • In the pig range, Nedap Velos (at the Aco Funki booth), once more introduced its sorting sluice for finishers after having done so at EuroTier 2010 as well – and had as tiny novelty the coloured tags for gilts and boars, as in uncastrated production, their feeding ought to be differently. The feeding stations sensors, however, will simply recognise the code in the tags. The company received one star for the Velos Sorting.

    In the pig range, Nedap Velos (at the Aco Funki booth), once more introduced its sorting sluice for finishers after having done so at EuroTier 2010 as well – and had as tiny novelty the coloured tags for gilts and boars, as in uncastrated production, their feeding ought to be differently. The feeding stations sensors, however, will simply recognise the code in the tags. The company received one star for the Velos Sorting.

  • A two star Innov' Space award was given to I-Tek for its simple but innovative Tempo Feeder design for weaners. The feeder uses mechanics rather than computers to control time intervals between each feeding session – as well as sequence the feeding times. For this, the system controls the water supply, which in turn controls the feed distribution.

    A two star Innov' Space award was given to I-Tek for its simple but innovative Tempo Feeder design for weaners. The feeder uses mechanics rather than computers to control time intervals between each feeding session – as well as sequence the feeding times. For this, the system controls the water supply, which in turn controls the feed distribution.

  • French company Acémo received three stars (the highest possible) for their Eliskool – a novel type of Electronic Sow Feeding which combines a training sluice for gilts as well as an ordinary feeding station for older-parity sows. It has two entrances and two exits, but it uses one trough. Gilts can thus be positioned adjacent to its stable sow group, without receiving aggressive treatment by older sows.

    French company Acémo received three stars (the highest possible) for their Eliskool – a novel type of Electronic Sow Feeding which combines a training sluice for gilts as well as an ordinary feeding station for older-parity sows. It has two entrances and two exits, but it uses one trough. Gilts can thus be positioned adjacent to its stable sow group, without receiving aggressive treatment by older sows.

  • French animal nutrition company Calcialiment recently teamed up with Danish Vitfoss, which is therefore also present at SPACE. The French company launched its product Protecta for younger, just-weaned piglets, which helps protecting the piglets' intestinal mucosa with a micronised magnesium silicate.

    French animal nutrition company Calcialiment recently teamed up with Danish Vitfoss, which is therefore also present at SPACE. The French company launched its product Protecta for younger, just-weaned piglets, which helps protecting the piglets' intestinal mucosa with a micronised magnesium silicate.

  • Lallemand Animal Nutrition introduced a soluble variety of its probiotic Bactocell, called Bactocell Drink, suitable for both pigs and poultry.

    Lallemand Animal Nutrition introduced a soluble variety of its probiotic Bactocell, called Bactocell Drink, suitable for both pigs and poultry.

  • Last but not least for day one, MSD Animal Health, a new player? Not really, it's simply the new name of Intervet Schering-Plough after the take-over by Merck and rebranding to MSD Animal Health.

    Last but not least for day one, MSD Animal Health, a new player? Not really, it's simply the new name of Intervet Schering-Plough after the take-over by Merck and rebranding to MSD Animal Health.

  • The halls were filled with many French companies from the pig industry, as can be expected. Cooperl Arc Atlantique is France's largest pork cooperative.

    The halls were filled with many French companies from the pig industry, as can be expected. Cooperl Arc Atlantique is France's largest pork cooperative.

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