2023 started off with a bang for TIF-Helexpo, with the 12th ‘Zootechnia’ International Trade Fair on Livestock and Poultry attracting 55,413 visitors, from 2-5 February, at the Thessaloniki International Exhibition Centre.
The latest developments, innovations and technologies, as well as important food producing animal species, machinery, and services were presented at Zootechnia, which was one of the largest sector trade fairs to be held in recent years.
837 exhibitors (307 direct exhibitors from 13 countries and 530 indirect exhibitors from 38 countries) participated in the Trade Fair, which attracted hundreds of international trade visitors from 29 countries (Albania, Egypt, Poland, Tunisia, Belgium, N. Macedonia, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Jordan, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Canada, China, Cyprus, Morocco, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Hungary, Palestine, Romania, Turkey, Sweden, Spain, Austria, Serbia, and Montenegro), among whom were individual hosted buyers, group visitors from Albania, Bulgaria, and North Macedonia, and one business delegation from Egypt.
There was intense interest in the colloquiums organised in the framework of the Zootechnia’s side events, with people filling the halls to capacity. The exhibitors were particularly pleased, noting the large number of visitors — especially trade visitors — and the international element — which opened up new horizons for Greek companies — among the positive elements of this year’s event.
From the side events, the 7th Pan-Hellenic Congress on Meat and Meat Products and the event on egg producing poultry farming and Greek eggs, which was organised by the Animal Product Laboratory of the School of Veterinary Medicine of AUTh, with the support of TIF-Helexpo, also stood out.
The Pet Festival and the Horse Show contributed significantly to the success of the event.
The Horse Show in pavilion 17 was the major meeting point for horse lovers and sector professionals from Greece and the broader Balkan region. Entities and private individuals with more than 50 horses from all over Greece participated in a specially designed area, where they presented equestrian skills, harness racing, and various other events.
The Pet Festival was more varied than ever, with 5 thematic units and a large ‘Knowledge Amphitheatre’, while there were 300 individual dog participations from 74 separate breeds. The Dog Agility and Dog Dancing presentations, and the 88 beautiful cats, enchanted both young and old, while the aquarium, fowl, and reptile sections ensnared everyone’s attention. There was no lack of interest in the presentations and speeches at the ‘Knowledge Amphitheatre’.
The next Zootechnia will be held in 2025, while TIF-Helexpo has announced it’s next important date for the agro-livestock world: The 13th ‘Agrothessaly’ Pan-Hellenic Fair for Agriculture and Livestock will be held on 2-5 March 2023 in the city of Larissa.