Future-oriented outlook for Russia’s animal husbandry - AgroFarm 2013 with double-digit growth

Over 300 exhibitors from 27 countries – Leading exhibition for animal husbandry and animal breeding in Russia – More than 45 professional events – Taking place in Moscow from 5 to 7 February 2013

(DLG International) AgroFarm, the international exhibition for animal husbandry and animal breeding is being held in Moscow at the All-Russian Exhibition Centre (VVC), Hall 75, from 5 to 7 February 2013. The event, organized jointly by DLG International and IEC of AREC, has developed in recent years to become the most important top forum for animal farmers and the largest demonstration platform for modern genetic resources and animal production methods in Russia. The ceremonial opening of the exhibition and presentation of the “Best of AgroFarm 2013” awards will start at 10:00 h on 5 February.

Rising number of exhibitors and increasing international flair

AgroFarm covers the main areas of animal husbandry – cattle, pigs and poultry – as well as more specialized fields such as goats, rabbits, aquaculture, and others. The dynamic trend observed during recent years is continuing in 2013 too. For the first time the number of exhibitors will break the 300 mark. Altogether the number of exhibitors has increased by 17% and the exhibition floor space by 20% to around 14700 m², especially in the areas of “poultry”, “pig” and “feed”. In 2012 altogether 9,365 visitors came to AgroFarm, 97% of whom were classified as expert visitors.
The international importance of the exhibition has also grown. Companies from 27 different countries will be presenting their products and services to Russian animal farmers. Germany heads the list with over 40 companies. Other countries with strong participation are France, Denmark, the USA, the Netherlands, Italy, Canada, Spain and Turkey.

Every year the best companies and products at AgroFarm are presented with awards. This year 35 submissions were received and the independent awards commission nominated 13 winners from among these, including nine for the “Best Product” award and two each for the “Best Service” and “Best Scientific Development” awards.

Unique technical programme
In addition to the extensive exhibition programme, visitors to AgroFarm will find a comprehensive technical programme exploring the topics of greatest importance for Russia’s animal husbandry. There will be more than 45 professional events at the exhibition. The central event this year is the international Business-Forum “Successful Animal Farming in Russia: How to Withstand Import Pressures” on 5 February. The annual meeting of the Russian-Danish Agribusiness Club on 6 February will focus on development opportunities for the country’s animal husbandry and cooperation between Russian animal farmers and their colleagues in Denmark.

The leading trade associations and federations in the industry – the Dairy Farmer Association “Soyuzmoloko”, the Russian Poultry Union “Rosptizesoyuz”, the National Association of Pig Farmers, the National Association of Industrial Cattle Farmers, the National Union of Beef Producers and the State-cooperative Association for the Fish Industry “Rosrybhoz” have all selected AgroFarm as a platform for holding their own events. Not only representatives from the field of politics, but also those from the agricultural sector including top business managers, investors and farm owners will attend these events. Alongside the conferences, seminars and round tables, there will also be a series of live demonstrations on hoof care, udder hygiene, breeding value assessment of bulls etc. that will be of particular interest for practical farmers.

An innovation at AgroFarm 2013 is the Information Centre “Energy-saving housing climate technology for animal husbandry and poultry keeping”. The Information Centre will present innovative developments that are necessary to create an optimal housing climate and concentrate on solving the tasks of animal and poultry husbandry as well as helping to save energy at the same time. Visitors to the Information Centre will be able to obtain competent and objective advice, form their own opinion, and seek the best solutions for their own farms and companies. There will also be a conference on this topic on 6 February.

The latest developments of Russian scientists will be demonstrated at the special show “Russian Science for Animal Husbandry”. On the stand “Bookshelf for Animal Farmers” visitors will be able to examine and purchase specialist literature on animal husbandry.

Once again there will be a “Job Market” at the exhibition. Course graduates and specialists looking for new fields of activity can register their applications here and animal farms and companies can post their vacancies.

Further information on AgroFarm 2013 can be found on the Internet at www.agrofarm.org. Information is also available by email from agrofarm(at)DLG.org.