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More than 1,800 exhibitors from 57 countries and more than 106,000 visitors from 141 countries travelled to Hanover to attend two of the world’s leading trade fairs: EuroTier and EnergyDecentral 2022, which took place from 15-18 November, 2022
With more than 400 professional events and conferences, the trade fair duo confirmed its leading position after impressively showcasing the innovative strength of both sectors namely, animal farming and livestock management, and decentralised energy supply.
During challenging times, EuroTier was able to set important trends for the future development of the national and international animal husbandry industry. Organiser DLG (German Agricultural Society), along with its partners, presented an exhibition and technical program with the guiding theme ‘Transforming Animal Farming’ which focused on applying new solutions in the areas of digitisation, automation and robotics to achieve technical innovations and increased productivity alongside an increase in animal welfare and sustainability.
“Farms must become sustainable and stable in all areas for the future - whether it is animal housing construction and technology, digitisation, breeding, feeding or marketing. This requires innovations, which the EuroTier exhibitors have delivered, showing the potential of future animal husbandry,” said Freya von Czettritz, CEO of DLG Holding GmbH, adding that feedback from the industry was positive.
The majority of exhibitors came from Germany, followed by the Netherlands, Italy, France, Spain, Denmark, Belgium, Austria, Turkey and the UK. China, Ireland and the US followed in the other places. Exhibitors from Arab countries such as Egypt, Morocco and Algeria were also represented. The proportion of international exhibitors was around 60%.
"Our members are highly satisfied with the successful result of EuroTier 2022. A significant number of member companies, despite some mixed feelings, absolutely wanted to participate in the most important international trade fair for animal breeding and livestock,” stated Nora Hammer, managing director of the German Livestock Association. “The response was better than we had expected. One thing is certain: nowhere else do you come into contact with so many agricultural organisations as at EuroTier. It's nice that this important industry venue has successfully returned."
Visitors were impressed by the range of exhibits and specialist information. In addition to feed and operating resources, interest was particularly high in topics of breeding, milking and cooling technology, animal housing, hall construction as well as feeding technology. The technical program at EuroTier was supported by DLG and numerous partners from industry, science and consulting. The congress of the German Association of Practicing Veterinarians (bpt), which took place in parallel, offered additional opportunities for cross-industry exchange. The winners of the EuroTier Innovation Awards reflected the innovative strength of the exhibiting companies which worked like an “ideas network”. Moreover, the Young Farmers Day was once again the venue for young farmers and students. This year, the focus was on networking, career planning and discussions about sustainable animal husbandry.
At the EnergyDecentral trade fair, a range of new ideas for decentralised energy supply were presented, with a focus on the extensive range of decentralised energy sources, such as photovoltaics, agri-photovoltaics, floating PV systems, complete solutions for the anaerobic digestion of biomass and biogas production and processing. The ‘DLG-Agrifuture Concept Winner’ was awarded for the first time at EuroTier and EnergyDecentral. With this award, DLG honors concepts and visions that have not yet reached market maturity, but have potential for the future.
Gerd Krieger, deputy managing director of VDMA Power Systems mentioned that his members were satisfied with the way EnergyDecentral had gone, which was beyond expectations. “After the long Corona break, the demand for personal exchanges on the many issues of decentralised energy production is very high. Moreover, in the context of the current energy crisis, the importance of decentralised energy systems for resilience and flexibility has come into even sharper focus," said Krieger.
The next EuroTier, including EnergyDecentral and the World Poultry Show is scheduled to take place from 12-15 November, 2024 in Hanover, Germany.