The 44th Expointer, which takes place from September 4th to 12th, at the Assis Brasil Exhibition Park, in Esteio, will have the participation of 2,820 ring animals (which will go to trial). The number of entries is higher than last year (1,019), but does not reach the numbers of the 2019 fair (3,975), the last before the coronavirus pandemic. Breeder associations still have until August 18 to register rustic bovines and horses destined exclusively for competitions and auctions.
For the secretary of Agriculture, Livestock and Rural Development, Silvana Covatti, the participation of animal breeders demonstrates the strength and organization of this sector. “This presence reflects the optimism of the exhibitors that they will be able to judge their animals and generate business, within this great stage that is Expointer”, says Silvana.
The highlight was the participation of sheep. There will be 14 races plus some of their naturally colored varieties. In all, 810 sheep were enrolled in the exhibition. The number surpasses that of 2019 (782).
Beef cattle will be 15 breeds, with an emphasis on Maine Anjou, which returns to the park after some time away, and the debut of the Murray Gray breed. In all, 436 beef cattle will participate in the trials.
In Zebu, with 73 entries from six breeds, there will be the return of the double aptitude Gir, which was absent for almost a decade. In mixed cattle there are three registered breeds, reaching 100 animals. Dairy cattle, with four breeds, will be 332.
In horses there will be 9 breeds, with emphasis on the Percheron, which is increasing its participation with 19 animals registered. In all, 607 horses will participate. Goats totaled 47, while small animals (birds, birds, rabbits and chinchillas) will be 407.
According to the veterinarian and head of the Department of Agriculture’s Exhibition and Fairs Service, Paulo Coelho de Souza, enrollment exceeded expectations, as it is an Expointer of resumption and at a time that still inspires care in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic . “We have not yet reached the levels of previous years, but that was expected”, he justifies.
The animals can be seen on more than 20 tracks for judging and auctioning. On the 10th in the morning, there will be the traditional parade of champions.