Farm Ireland

Monday 20 November 2017

In Brief: Fonterra hit 2.1m tonne export high

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra set a new export record this year, sending 2.1 million tonnes of product to international markets for the first time in its nine-year history.

The exports were 60,000 tonnes higher than those achieved in 2008/09.

Milk powder, butter and cheese all ranked among the leading exports that resulted in Fonterra's June trade surplus hitting $276m (€154m) and the year-to-June surplus reaching $639m (€356m).

Fonterra CEO Andrew Ferrier, said consistent demand across the year, particularly from markets in Asia, helped Fonterra to cross the two million tonne milestone.

The record represents 140,000 TEU (twenty foot equivalent containers) shipped from New Zealand ports from August 2009 to July 2010. Fonterra shipped 380-500 TEUs per day.

YITBA trainees get prime placements

Two newly qualified equine students have secured prestigious job placements through the Young Irish Thoroughbred Breeders Association (YITBA) apprenticeship scheme.

Mary Rose Quirke from Co Tipperary and Mary Kilduff from Co Offaly have secured sought-after job placements with trainer Paul Nolan, Naas Racecourse, Grange Stud, the Irish Equine Centre, Castlebridge Consignors, Derrinstown Stud, Coolmore Stud and BBA Ireland through the scheme.

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Mary Rose Quirke has just finished a degree in equine science at University of Limerick, while Mary Kilduff studied equine business at Gurteen Agricultural College.

Applicants up 82pc for dairy degree

The number of applicants for the Dairy Business degree programme, run by UCD and Teagasc, has almost doubled this year. Professor Maurice Boland, principal of the UCD College of Life Sciences, said 178 applicants have been received this year, an increase of 82pc on the figure in 2009, the first year of the new programme.

Mr Boland said that the new programme, which was developed in consultation with the industry and farming organisations, combines academic and technical training with business and project management skills. This was one of the recommendations in the recently published Food Harvest 2020 report.

Maurice Boland is one of a top-level panel which will examine how the report's recommendations can be turned into reality at the ASA conference which takes place in Tullow on Friday, September 10.

He said the impact on greenhouse gas emissions of the proposal to increase milk output by 50pc poses major challenges for scientists.

Irish Independent