Explore the renowned Concours Général Agricole for Animals at the Paris International Agricultural Show. Witness competitions showcasing the genetic excellence of cattle, sheep, pigs, horses, and more.
Cow on parade at the Concours Général Agricole des Animaux

Since the Animal Competition was first held back in 1864, livestock farmers have presented the very best of French livestock production in terms of breeding.

The animals selected by the breeding organisations go through the most rigorous selection processes. They showcase the exceptional biodiversity of breeding in France.

All the breeders taking part in the General Agricultural Competition are from collective schemes authorised by the Ministry of Agriculture, Agrifoods and Forestry and are subject to its control, thereby ensuring optimal genetic values.
With its high genetic quality and business performance guarantees, the livestock accepted for the competition is judged on its morphology and how well it corresponds to the traditional characteristics of the breed. The functional traits of its morphology are of special importance.

Eight animal species are represented at the Concours Général Agricole :

Donkeys, Cattle, Canines, Goats, Horses, Sheep, Pigs and Cats. We find on this national competition which also fascinates the general public:

  • 382 breeds,
  • 2,540 animals represented
  • 1,480 breeders*

The eagerly-awaited animal competition is a key attraction at the Paris International Agricultural Show. The finest specimens are paraded in the arenas before a highly critical general public every year.

*Data from the 2023 edition