ANABIC always in the spotlight at the next edition of AgriUmbria
From 31 March to 2 April 2023, the 54th edition of the Bastia Umbra (PG) exhibition will host Italy's largest livestock show, where ANABIC will play a leading role with the two National Exhibitions dedicated to Chianina and Romagnola cattle
24, Feb 2023
The 54th edition of Agriumbria (Bastia Umbra – 31 March and 1-2 April 2023) is just over a month away and ANABIC (National Association of Italian Beef Cattle Breeders) is hard at work organizing the two National Exhibitions dedicated to Chianina and Romagnola breeds, with about 100 and 60 subjects respectively, as well as setting up the exhibition of the best specimens of the Marchigiana, Podolica and Maremmana breeds.
“The protocol that we signed last year with AgriUmbria and other associations of beef cattle breeds which effectively sanctioned the birth of the Polo delle Carni Italiane – explains the president of ANABIC, Luca Panichi – represents a further step in the construction of a mechanism of valorisation and promotion of the cattle breeds that we represent. A challenging and fascinating path at the same time, not always easy but in which we believe, investing in research and initiatives aimed at promoting and enhancing the specificity of breeds that have nothing to envy to others, often foreign, more noble and offered by a restaurant sometimes a little indifferent to the zootechnical heritage present on the national territory”.
The work carried out by highly specialized personnel within the ANABIC Genetic Center is the fulcrum of this intense activity. In the three sites in which it is divided, that of Perugia for the Chianina, Romagnola and Marchigiana breeds, that of Grosseto for the Maremmana and that of Potenza for the Podolica, work is carried out on important scientific projects aimed at improving the breeds in terms of growth and production yields with a view to efficiency and sustainability which provides for the reduction of the environmental impact of farms, the increase in animal welfare and the optimization of the health status of the herd. Ambitious projects that ANABIC carries out with the collaboration of important Italian universities such as those of Padua, Perugia, Milan and Florence, as well as sophisticated and innovative scientific instruments that favor the collection and processing of certain and incontrovertible data.
"The showcase of AgriUmbria, an event recognized as the largest livestock exhibition in Italy - intervenes Stefano Pignani, director of ANABIC - constitutes for us a place of choice where the 5 breeds of beef cattle that we represent can be appreciated not only by at work, but also by an audience made up of consumers and stakeholders, the one which unfortunately often does not receive the correct information on the value of these animals both in terms of meat production but also of land protection, respect for traditions, safeguarding biodiversity . In a historical period in which zootechnics in general is targeted by denigratory campaigns and undermined by artificial productions that want to undermine its existence, the commitment of an Association like ours must also be that of transmitting correct, reliable information and not refutable. Valuing and promoting meat from breeds such as the Chianina, Romagnola, Marchigiana, Maremmana and Podolica means contributing to making an important contribution to that made in Italy that the whole world rightly envies us. The approximately 160,000 head of cattle that ANABIC represents, distributed in 5,000 farms spread across 18 regions and raised for at least 70% on pasture, represent a plus both from a qualitative and nutritional point of view of the meat and from an environmental point of view. In the first case, taking Chianina as an example, it has been scientifically proven that its fat content does not exceed 2% and is well below that recorded in foreign productions which are often offered by large restaurateurs, not to mention enormous environmental impact that the transport of products from overseas generates. These are very important aspects that ANABIC intends to put at the center of the debate to facilitate the transmission of correct information and which, precisely for this reason, can also favor the opening of foreign commercial channels to be explored. If the productions of the breeds we represent can be considered a niche - concludes Pignani - it is necessary to be able to intercept also those segments of Italian and foreign consumers willing to spend a little more for a product which, objectively, is worth more".
There will be respectively a hundred and sixty subjects of the Chianina and Romagnola breeds who will participate in the National Show organized by Anabic in AgriUmbria; the Association will also take care of the exhibition of the best specimens of the Marchigiana, Maremmana and Podolica breeds.