After two blank years, the Haute-Vienne Agriculture and Livestock Festival will return to its quarters in front of the town hall of Panazol, on September 24 and 25, for an 8th edition placed under the sign of conviviality and children. With 200 animals, the departmental competition of the Limousine promises to be disputed while the first national competition of the Black Cul pig will bring together about fifteen pigs.
For the return of the Haute-Vienne Agriculture and Livestock Festival, the City of Panazol and the Chamber of Agriculture have gone all out with 300 animals presented, 75 partners, 45 stands and around fifteen events. . Nearly 200 Limousin cattle, around twenty sheep, around fifteen horses, donkeys and ponies and around fifteen Cul Noir Limousin pigs will be admired near the Town Hall where the rings will be set up for the departmental breed competition bovine limousine.
Haloed by 31 prizes gleaned at the national competition which took place from September 9 to 11 in Le Mans, Limousin breeders will be keen to confirm on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with animals divided into 24 male and female sections. Eight special prizes will also be awarded. For the first time, the national Cul Noir Limousin pig competition will reward the best specimens in eight sections (gilts, sows with foals or pregnant, boars and butchers). The equine presentations will give precedence to the most beautiful horses. Herding dogs from the ADUCT 87 association will offer demonstrations. It is an important meeting for the breeders as underlined by Fabien Doucet, the mayor of Panazol “Farmers and breeders are part of our landscape, we are proud of them, because without them, we wouldn’t be here, we have to be closer to them. »
“A pride in showing our animals”
For a weekend, breeders will put aside their difficulties to promote the quality of their production. “This event is very important for all the breeders of Haute-Vienne with about thirty farms present and more than 200 cattle, announces Gilles Deconchat, president of the festival. At Le Mans we won prizes, it proves our know-how and the dynamism of our department. For us, it is a source of pride to show our animals and to communicate with a more urban population. Conviviality will be the key word of our event. »
During these two days, visitors will be able to taste and stock up on good local products at the local farmers’ market. “It is for us farmers to discover or rediscover the world of breeding and our know-how, adds Benoît Rousseau, elected representative of the Chamber of Agriculture, at a time when consumers are wondering about our methods. of production, highlighting our products and our practices is essential in order to explain that we have the best agriculture in the world. »
Two hundred animals in the departmental competition of the Limousin breed
And what better than children to convey this message of hope. The organizers have chosen to address the youngest so that they become aware of the quality of Limousin meat. “We know that 60% of the meat is transformed into minced steak but it is not forbidden to consume quality, adds Gilles Deconchat, we adapt to the needs of consumers. » This is why the municipality of Panazol has decided to offer a meal to each of its schoolchildren.
A creative competition on the theme of local agriculture has also been launched for primary school pupils in Limoges and Panazol. They will then be exhibited at the Chamber of Agriculture and the prizes awarded at the end of November. The limousine interprofession will offer meat tastings. Dairy products will be highlighted by the CNIEL, the cow’s milk interprofession, while apples will also be honoured.
Many activities have been planned for the young public, horse-drawn carriage or pony rides, rides, inflatable structure and a large treasure hunt with a reward for everyone. The aim is to introduce the young public to local products at the option of the partners’ stands (meat cattle, sheep, pigs, apples, milk, etc.).
Competitions and rings place Achille Zavatta, events Park de la mairie, farmers market avenue Jean Monnet, catering area Place du commerce with Alain Longeval from the restaurant L’abattoir to taste the limousine, DJ evening on Saturday evening and musical entertainment by Les Baladins on Sunday noon . Free admission from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Photo: Thierry Matonnat
Posted on 09/20/2022
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