At home, this time, and with a flag from Extremadura, we could not miss our annual appointment with the Zafra International Livestock Fair 2019, held from 3 to 9 October 2019. We love this event, not only because it brings together the largest livestock companies in the country, but also because it is always a good opportunity to meet with many CEDESA clients who we already consider friends.

We went to the fair hosted by the National Association of Merino Cattle Breeders of the country, who made room for us in their own space within the Zafra Fair. Together, we wanted to show the important work we do as a team, and that is achieving great progress in terms of conservation of the purity of the breed and the 4.0 industry applied to livestock.

During the inauguration of the event, we had at the CEDESA stand the visit of the President of the Government, Mr. Pedro Sánchez, accompanied by the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Mr. Luis Planas Puchades (with whom we usually coincide in this type of event) and the President of the Junta de Extremadura, Mr. Guillermo Fernández Vara. They were attended in person by our CEO, Suso Merino, together with the Project Manager, Marina Castaño, who had the opportunity to present our research project aimed at animal welfare.

This is an ambitious project aimed at the real-time monitoring of the Environmental Exposure Factors to which the animals are exposed. Factors, some chemical (C02, NH4, CH4, C6H6), and others environmental (temperature, humidity, air speed, etc...), that greatly affect the comfort of the animals and the quality of the final products. This monitoring allows, through an alarm system, to anticipate users on critical situations, and even to automate, for example, the fans or irrigation systems installed in the slaughterhouses.

Everyone was particularly interested in what we do, aware as they are of the importance of implementing new technologies, software development and traceability controls to the industry in the sector. They encouraged us to continue working on it, and we accept that impulse as a sign that we are on the right track.

We then continue our usual round of meetings with long-standing clients and friends, such as DO Dehesa de Extremadura, Aeceriber, UCHAE, Señorío de Montanera, Asociación Nacional del Ganado Charolés de España, and many others with whom we are working towards the common goal of modernizing the livestock sector and the meat industry in Extremadura as much as possible.

So we say goodbye, one more year, to the most important cattle fair in Spain, with the pride that it gives us that it is also located in our land.

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