Interest in appreciation for ANABIC beef cattle on show at the Sommet de l'Élevage in Clermont Ferrand
During the four days (4-7 October 2022) that marked Europe's most important cattle show and one of the most prestigious on an international scale, cattle of the Chianina, Marchigiana and Romagnola breeds literally enchanted the large and qualified audience that thronged the pavilions of the French kermesse
10, Oct 2022
“We couldn't have gone home with greater satisfaction. The animals that we brought on display have met with enormous success with the public both in terms of appreciation and curiosity, especially in front of the majesty of their size. Our first participation in the Sommet de l'Élevage in Clermont Ferrand, France, which took place from 4 to 7 October last, marks the beginning of a new course for ANABIC which aims to increase the commitment to enhance the value of breeds that the Association represents: Chianina, Marchigiana, Romagnola, Maremmana and Podolica and the meat they produce ".
Luca Panichi, president of the National Association of Italian Beef Breeders (ANABIC), has no doubts: the first participation in the most important European beef cattle show, which is one of the most prestigious internationally, has responded to expectations in the best of the ways and paid off the enormous organizational efforts required.
"That's right - comments the director Stefano Pignani in turn - When we left with some splendid specimens of Chianina, Marchigiana and Romagnola cattle to be exhibited at the Sommet we had a lot of enthusiasm, but also some fears that quickly dissolved in front of the turnout that we recorded every day during the parade of our animals and to the interest shown by the many visitors, all highly specialized breeders and operators in the sector both French and from other countries, who stopped carefully in front of the animals and at our stand asking for information always very detailed on the breeds that ANABIC represents. Few numbers can motivate our great satisfaction: at the Sommet de l'Élevage on average over 100,000 professional visitors participate in each edition, about 2000 animals and only the Charolaise breed, one of the best known and most important in France, this year counted in shows more than 400 garments. It is easy to understand the extent of this event spread over more than 15 hectares of exhibition space and very legitimately focused on French breeds. Being able to arouse attention and above all interest as neophytes of this event means having hit the target we set ourselves: to make known the excellence of some breeds of Italian beef cattle with competence ".
There have been numerous contacts with breeders and operators in the zootechnical world from various parts of the world who have shown great interest in the cattle of the Chianina, Marchigiana and Romagnola breeds present at the Sommet de l'Élevage, and emblematic in this regard was the intention expressed at the ANABIC stand by a French breeder, who, within a process of productive diversification of his breeding and after evaluating which breed will best meet his needs, has expressed an interest in introducing some head of cattle of one of the breeds represented by ANABIC which he intends to visit in the coming weeks.
"I join the statement by President Panichi because our participation in the Sommet de l'Élevage could not have had a better outcome - emphasizes Pignani - to which the breeders, Marco and Matteo Luchetti from Perugia, Giuseppe Drudi from Rimini and the farm of the University of Perugia, which with great professionalism have been able to manage and lead their animals for the entire duration of the event, to which must be added the Centro Tori Chiaccherini of Perugia with its owner, Anna Chiaccherini, inspirer of the participation of ANABIC at the Sommet which has been able to convey enthusiasm and determination. And a special thanks goes to the Marche and Umbria Regions who supported us with an economic contribution both for setting up the stand and for the organizational expenses related to our participation in the show. Now we must take advantage of this result and combine it with all that ANABIC is doing and will do for the enhancement of the meat of the Chianina, Marchigiana, Romagnola, Maremmana and Podolica cattle breeds. In fact, let's not forget that scientifically documented studies have shown that the meat of these animals contains a low level of cholesterol, are rich in unsaturated fats and low in saturated fats. Not only - concludes the ANABIC director - the breeding of these animals, which for 70% of the 160,000 subjects raised in the 5,000 farms associated with ANABIC takes place in the pasture, represents an important bulwark for the protection of biodiversity, the territory and that concept always. broader enclosed in the term 'sustainability'. An enormous heritage that enhances the territory and which in turn deserves an adequate and just exploitation, also commercially, in Italy and in the world ”.