Grüne Tage Thüringen continues to make its mark as an inter-regional platform for innovative and sustainable agriculture
- Grounds booked out with 310 exhibitors – growth of 12 percent
- International standing is growing: exhibitors from nine countries
- Première for international cow auction
- Meet exhibitors from our partner town in Poland
Bienvenido Colombia: 140 Colombian cattle breeders are stopping off at Green Days of Thuringia on Friday of the trade fair as part of a trip to Germany. At the root of the visit are the national competitions “Thuringia Holstein Open” and “Thuringia Jersey Open”, which are gaining attention in international circles. Alongside the visitors from South America, the trade fair will also greet, for the first time, 15 exhibitors from Kalisz, Erfurt’s partner town in Poland.
From 19 to 21 September 2014, Green Days of Thuringia will again invite people to look, discover and enjoy. The eighth edition of Central Germany’s large agricultural trade fair will see 310 exhibitors (2012: 275) from Germany, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands, Poland, Great Britain, Hungary, Belgium and the Czech Republic presenting over the entire 50,000 square metres of the fully booked grounds.
The exhibition and accompanying programme cover all aspects of the green sector: food, gardening, bioenergy and sustainable raw materials, the keeping and breeding of animals including bees, agricultural machinery, rural development, forestry and nature conservation. The trade fair is accompanied by numerous trade congresses, professional and livestock competitions, and activities for the public. The trade fair management is once again expecting more than 25,000 visitors.
Describing the attractive profile of the trade fair, Wieland Kniffka, Manager of Messe Erfurt says: “The appeal of Green Days lies in its regional roots and international standing; it provides technological excellence and, at the same time, many activities for the whole family.”
World-class animal breeding
With the national competitions “Thuringia Holstein Open” and “Thuringia Jersey Open”, the trade fair is taking its place as one of the hotspots of European dairy cattle breeding. In the most important national shows of 2014 in Germany, about 250 cows of the German Holstein and German Jersey breeds will be presented to the renowned judge John Gribbon from Great Britain. The young breeders’ competition, open to entries from across Germany, brings the younger generation of breeders together for the best of breed and best in class competition, and will be judged by Erica Rijneveld from the Netherlands.
20 September marks the première of “Thuringia Auction Time”. About 35 cows in peak condition will be auctioned here. The auction should represent “first-class and modern genetics, high genomic values, excellent appearance and outstanding cow families from all over Europe”, according to Jörg Seeger from the organisational team at Thuringia Auction Time.
The highlights in the field of animal production and animal breeding also include the zone “Animals preserve landscapes”, with meat from the meadows and pastures of Thuringia, as well as the “Thüringer Milchstraße” (Milk Street of Thuringia). The path from chicken to chicken escalope and from cow to robotic milking can be experienced first-hand here. Meat from a total of around 40 goats, 100 sheep, 100 horses, 100 beef cattle, 250 Holstein Frisians and 50 Holstein Jerseys as well as 100 pigs, 20 alpacas, 450 rabbits and up to 250 poultry of various pedigree breeds will be available to buy.
Technology worth ten million
A traditional focus of the trade fair is “Technology for heavy-duty machinery”. The Verband Landtechnik, Baumaschinen und Metallverarbeitung Thüringen e. V. (Thuringian association for agricultural engineering, construction machines and metalworking) and its members, among others, will present the variety and trends in the agricultural engineering industry in a compact way. All familiar brands are represented at the trade fair. Well-known brands of tractors, soil cultivation and sowing equipment can be admired on an area of 7,000 square metres. Municipal service technology, construction machines, self-driving lawnmowers, industrial and cleaning equipment as well as car trailers will also be shown. Modern agricultural technology with a total value of 10 million euro will be on display on the trade fair grounds.
Seeking out the best young farmers
This prize is hot: The Landesverband LV der Maschinen- u. Betriebshilfsringe Thüringen e.V. (Thuringian association of machinery and labour rings) is putting on an attractive competition at the Green Days of Thuringia. The “Thüringer Junglandwirte Contest” (Young Agricultural Contest of Thuringia) is searching for the best young farming teams in the Free State. Alongside a knowledge test with 20 questions on farm machinery and aspects of traffic law, the teams will change wearing parts on a piece of equipment, prove their dexterity by transferring a bale of hay and also test their team spirit by overcoming an obstacle course. A prize and the recognition of the specialist visitors to the event will surely provide the impetus to rise to the challenge. The target group for the event is apprentices and young agriculturalists up to 27 years of age.
Search for Thuringian climate friends
During Green Days of Thuringia, the German forestry protection organisation (Schutzgemeinschaft Deutscher Wald) of Thuringia will be supporting the project “Klimawald.de”, which began in Erfurt, through planting 500 additional trees. On the Klimawald.de website, private individuals and companies can fund the planting of a real tree through a donation of 10 euro, thereby making a small personal contribution to preserving the climate. The climate trees will be planted by the project partner ThüringenForst in one of the (currently three) planting areas designated for this.
Messe Erfurt, together with Schutzgemeinschaft Deutscher Wald, will carry out a large tree-planting action in the woodland climate area “Schwansee” on 22 November. Planting helpers and other sponsors of the climate trees who would like to support the event are very welcome. At the Klimawald.de stand (Hall 2/Stand 109), trade fair visitors who would like to contribute to planting additional climate trees themselves can get a certificate for planting their own tree directly at the trade fair – for themselves or, for example, as a sustainable gift instead of a bunch of flowers.