A sustainable dairy development centre has been announced by UCD, Teagasc and the Institute of Animal Science, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS).

The agreement was signed in Beijing on Tuesday during an Irish trade mission to China.

The centre will focus on research, education and talent development. Part of its work will involve sharing information on sustainable dairy practices, from animal production to feed quality. It is also hoped that national and international funding can be leveraged to add scale to existing research projects.

“The purpose of the centre is to foster institutional links between the parties, to support research that will generate new knowledge, to engage in education at a number of levels, and to improve technology exchange to promote sustainable dairy farming systems in China and Ireland,” a statement said.

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