The International Dairy Cattle Show features every year the best international brands of the sector (811 during the last edition), thus offering to the professionals (60.420 during the last edition) a prestigious high-quality showcase of products and services. It is no coincidence that breeders looking for innovative solutions for their farms meet right in Cremona.
The Exhibition is also the best marketplace for international genetics: the annual National Holstein Competition that involves over 400 heads of cattle taking one of the most renowned international stages offers a true representation of the excellent results achieved through genetic improvement.
A rich scientific events programme is one of the flagships of the International Dairy Cattle Show. Conferences, seminars and workshops (104 during the last edition) with the most qualified international experts address the key issues of the sector, thus completing the wide Exhibition repertoire. CremonaFiere cooperates all the year round with scientific institutions, associations, universities and research centres to ensure a high-profile scientific content. The recently established partnership with CREA-FLC (the most important italian research center for the milk industry) surely deserves a special mention. The Lodi-based research centre deals with the dairy chain, in particular with dairy cattle. Fodder systems, breeding techniques and the following impacts on animal physiology and health, quality and safety of milk and dairy products, processing and valorisation of dairy industry by-products and microorganisms are the main focus of its activities.
Following topics were included in last edition’s technical-scientific programme:
- smart breeding
- conservation agriculture
- transition from conventional to organic production
- on-farm milk processing
- stable 4.0
- animal health
- dairy cows profitability
Four Special Areas have been developed within the Exhibition to focus on specific topics (dairy innovations, organic breeding and farming, technological innovations, renewable energies from agricultural sources) and to offer a complete overview of the latest trends. The Special Areas are:
MILK VILLAGE –For the third consecutive year, a Special Area for technical and technological dairy innovations. Food for thought and new ideas to develop new business opportunities.
BIO VILLAGE – The transition to organic production is an interesting opportunity. At its second edition within Cremona International Livestock Exhibitions, the Bio Village area is the ideal place to present innovative systems and solutions for organic farming and breeding.
TECHNO VILLAGE – At its second edition, this Special Area aims at offering Exhibitors an effective tool to present in the best way possible technical innovations and innovative solutions for the agro-livestock sector.
BIOENERGY VILLAGE – Cremona International Livestock Exhibitions welcome a Special Area solely dedicate to the development of an integrated sustainable chain for bioproducts: a specific corner to present the latest innovations of the sector and to discuss strategic measures to enhance the value of bio-energy chains.
Cremona International Livestock Exhibitions are the only specialized agro-livestock Exhibition in Italy and one of the most influential at global level. 2016 edition involved:
The International Dairy Cattle Show takes place in the area with the highest concentration of large breeding farms and processing industries. Cremona is right at the heart of the major European agro-livestock sector producing 23% of Italian dairy cattle and 44% of Italian milk. The agroindustrial production of this area is worth 13.8 million euros (16.8% of the national total).
Moreover, CremonaFiere carefully analyzes the market and cooperates with the major institutions and associations of the sector, as well as with exhibitors, to provide professionals with precise answers and efficient solutions.
After a long downturn, the dairy cattle sector has started to recover due to the fact that farm-gate milk prices in Lombardy have settled on satisfactory levels (39 cents per litre in March-April 2017). Milk value in Lombardy, as widely known, is a strategic reference point for national prices, since it is here that 44% of national milk is produced.
Moreover, unlike last year, breeders are no longer required to follow withdrawal agreements and to limit bulk milk quantity. They just need to communicate 2017 estimated production.
A high-quality dairy chain is one of the strengths of the whole sector involving 27,042 professionals. 26,042 of them are producers and lead 26,339 breeding farms while the other 1,529 are milk processors operating in 2,458 processing plants. Very important is also the consumers’ positive sentiment for products (such as milk and dairy products) that are considered to be fundamental for a proper nutrition and helpful to prevent chronic diseases. As a recent Danish study shows, milk and dairy products consumption can help prevent colorectal, bladder, stomach and breast cancer.