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Looking forward to visiting Space 2018, Rennes

Next week I will be embarking on my first major conference for Perendale Publishers – Space 2018

It features over 1,440 exhibitors from across the globe and I am really looking forward to getting stuck in and finding out more about this wonderful industry called milling. The destination is Rennes in France which sounds quite romantic although I am sure it will be more technical than romantic.

I have contacted the organisers to get my press accreditation and have booked in to a welcome meal for all international journalist. The animal competitions appear to be quite exciting with over 700 animals competing in a variety of areas as they vie for top spot.

On Tuesday for the first time at SPACE, the Parthenais breed will organise its national competition at the Expo. Only the 80 best animals in the breed will be competing.

Five other beef breeds will enter the inter-regional competition in the afternoon.

The Roussin sheep breed will also be in the spotlight with its national competition organised from 2pm. I love watching the animal classes at these shows – it reminds me of my time covering agricultural shows for the Western Daily Press and climbing into the parade ring to get a good shot of the Best in Show bull.

More than the animals I want to learn more about animal feed and all the associated industries. How feed can make such a difference to the health of the animal. I am hoping to see extruding machines and learning all about extrusion.

As well of course sampling some fine French cuisine while there.