May 07, 2015

07/05/2015: Alltech launches new Irish on-farm internship programme for Chinese graduates

This week at China Agricultural University (CAU) in Beijing, Alltech announced a new internship programme. The Irish On-Farm Internship programme will select up to six Chinese graduates to work in Alltech’s European Headquarters in Dunboyne, County Meath, Ireland, whilst undertaking on-farm training with Teagasc, the Irish agriculture and food development authority. The students will complete a project on Ireland’s dairy farming sector while gaining valuable experience, working and living on Irish farms over a two-month period.

The aim of the Irish internship programme is to provide the agricultural students with insights into one of the world’s most progressive dairy farming systems. Students will learn from expert agricultural trainers in Ireland on milking and stock management on some of Ireland’s showcase farms. Ireland is a leading European dairy producer, particularly in the area of infant formula, producing 17 percent of the global supply.
Signing a five-year agreement with China Agricultural University were Dr. Mark Lyons, global vice president and head of Greater China at Alltech, alongside Professor Li Shengli, chief dairy scientist at China Agricultural University (CAU), witnessed by His Excellency Ambassador Paul Kavanagh, Ireland’s ambassador to China, and CAU vice president Wang Tao. The agreement will develop a closer relationship between Alltech and CAU whilst offering Chinese graduates a unique opportunity to complete an on-farm internship with Alltech and Teagasc in Ireland.
“Ireland and Alltech both have significant expertise and knowledge in dairy science and are natural partners for China,” commented Wang Tao, vice president of CAU, China’s leading agricultural university. 

“Alltech has been a strategic partner in the dairy industry here in China, and we look forward to working with the Alltech team in Ireland to educate our young people who will gain invaluable experience through this internship.”

“China is one of the top three most important markets for Alltech globally,” said Dr Mark Lyons, global vice president and head of Greater China at Alltech, speaking at the official signing ceremony in Beijing. 

“Alltech is proud to invest in the potential of the Chinese market. In fact, our China Now strategy involves bringing the latest Alltech research, solutions and expertise direct to China. Alltech recently partnered with Nestlé in the creation of a world-class training centre, the Dairy Farming Institute in Shuangcheng, Heilongjiang province. Our highly successful feed evaluation laboratory is featured in the Institute and is another way that we are helping to support the continued growth and transformation of the Chinese dairy industry, the world’s fastest growing dairy market.”

”Currently, Alltech has 19 formal global research alliances. The fact that eight of these alliances are located in China, demonstrates the high regard and respect we have for the country,” continued Dr Lyons.

The Irish On-Farm Internship programme joins Alltech’s suite of education initiatives, including its successful Career Development Program, growing to now include five programs of intensive on-the-job training for select recent graduates, and the Alltech Young Scientist, the largest global agri-science competition for university students, now in its tenth year. Additionally, more than 260 PhD, master’s and graduate students have been supported through Alltech’s bioscience centers.

“While agriculture receives strong competition from other industry sectors in attracting the next generation of graduates, Alltech has a successful track record of graduate programmes that attract some of the brightest and sharpest minds in the world,” stated Dr Lyons during the signing ceremony.

Alltech is also proud to support the Elite Cattleman Project (ECP) in China, which was established more than five years ago with the help of CAU. Focused on positively influencing the agricultural sector in terms of best practice and training, ECP’s international partners include the University of Wisconsin, Cornell University and the French Institute of Agricultural Research.

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