June 15, 2004
June 2004 -- The 7th World Sheep & Wool Congress is coming to Qu?bec City, Canada. The event is slated for July 17-24 at the convention center and fairgrounds of ExpoCit?. The eight-day event is expected to draw more than 3,000 people from 15 countries.
"The Seventh World Sheep & Wool Congress represents a unique opportunity for the people in the domain to acquire and share new knowledge so as to improve the efficiency and profitability of ovine businesses," said Congress President Vincent Bernier.
Revolving around shifts toward innovative projects and technology, the Congress will offer workshops and conferences given by approximately 30 international professionals. Topics will deal with questions regarding animal health, nutrition, genetics, herd management, marketing, derivative products, wool management and the production and transformation of lamb's milk.
On the same site, the Exhibitors' Fair will bring together more than 120 representatives from the domains of machinery and agricultural equipment, pharmaceutics and technical advice related to the animal word. In addition, several ovine industry businesses will offer samples of various derivative products.
The Agricultural Fair, the second part of the Congress, will consist of an auction and many competitions including animal and fleece judging and sheep shearing. (Please note this event is completely free and open to the public.)
Adding to these two main aspects of the Congress is a tour program, which includes visits to farms and scientific and industrial sites. There will also be tourist activities, which will provide participants with an opportunity to get to know Qu?bec City and the surrounding region.
"By gathering together the whole international sheep and wool family, the Congress will give local producers an opportunity to acquire new tools to develop their businesses while comparing themselves to leaders in the industry," added Bernier. "Qu?bec producers will be able to see what is going on elsewhere in the world and show off their products and know-how."
The World Sheep & Wool Congress is an international event held every three years. After Australia, Morocco, the United Kingdom, the United States and New Zealand, Canada is welcoming the Congress this year for the second time in its history.