Once the milk truck goes out the farm gate it can be hard for most Irish dairy farmers to appreciate just how far their produce will eventually travel around the world. Farmers get some idea of where their milk eventually ends up when they see milk, butter and cheese in their local shop or perhaps on a trip to the US where they might spot a pound of Kerrygold butter on a supermarket shelf.

However, the reach of Ireland’s dairy industry is much further than Dublin or London or New York. Increasingly, more and more of Ireland’s dairy exports are being shipped to emerging markets in far flung parts of the world where the consumer probably has little or no knowledge of Ireland.