New dairy research centre opens at Ireland


Ireland’s Ministry for Agriculture and the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) has opened a new €40 million dairy research centre in Cork.


Called the VistaMilk SFI Research Centre, the site will assist the Irish dairy industry by providing research for precision pasture-based dairying, to improve the industry’s impact on the environment, animal well-being and the health of consumers.


The construction of the centre was collaboratively funded by the Irish government, the SFI and various multinational and SME companies in the food industry.


According to SFI, the site is intended to address the key issues facing the dairy industry, including the need to increase innovation as a response to the uncertainties represented by Brexit.


Other key issues that the centre will plan to address include the need to promote the health and nutritional benefits of dairy products, and finding new methods to increase the carbon efficiency of the dairy industry.

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