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11 students selected for Alltech-Elite Cattleman Program Alliance internship program in Ireland

Eleven students received training in animal nutrition, English and Irish etiquette at the Alltech Beijing office on Jan. 6, 2017.

[BEIJING] – Following a rigorous application and screening process, 11 Chinese students from seven agricultural universities in China have been selected for the Alltech-Elite Cattleman Program Alliance (ECPA) Ireland Internship Program. At the end of January, they will depart for Ireland to start a five-week internship with Alltech’s funding.

After completing initial induction training at Alltech’s European headquarters in Dunboyne, Ireland, the 11 students will visit Irish family farms. They will also spend three weeks taking animal nutrition and farm management courses at Teagasc, which is also known as Ireland’s Agriculture and Food Development Authority. Courses will cover cattle feed management, silage production, manure processing, machinery and more. Teagasc is responsible for Ireland’s agri-food research and development, education and training, and advisory services, providing training and education for farmers in compliance with international and national accreditation standards. Although they typically do not offer courses to international students in February, they have opened up this opportunity in partnership with Alltech.

The students will learn more about Western, modern farming concepts and technology from the Irish dairy and beef industries specifically, and they will develop a deep understanding of the unique Ireland family farm model.

The students selected for the 2017 internship program are:

Name

University

Home City

逄金吉
Jinji Pang

中国农业大学

China Agricultural University

吉林通化
Tonghua, Jilin Province

赵劼
Jie Zhao

中国农业大学

China Agricultural University

新疆乌鲁木齐
Urumchi, Xinjiang Province

潘彦彤
Yantong Pan

西北农林科技大学

Northwest A&F University

山东烟台
Yantai, Shandong Province

赛尔格林
Sai er ge lin

中国农业大学

China Agricultural University

新疆乌鲁木齐
Urumchi, Xinjiang Province

马佳莹
Jiaying Ma

中国农业大学

China Agricultural University

黑龙江大庆
Daqing, Heilongjiang Province

阿斯汗
Asihan

中国农业大学

China Agricultural University

内蒙古呼伦贝尔
Hulunbeir, Inner Mongolia

闫皓
Hao Yan

沈阳农业大学

Shenyang Agricultural University

辽宁沈阳
Shenyang, Liaoning Province

胡玥琛
Yuechen Hu

四川农业大学

Sichuan Agricultural University

江西赣州
Ganzhou, Jiangxi Province

王梦琦
Mengqi Wang

扬州大学

Yangzhou University

江苏徐州
Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province

顾凤飞
Fengfei Gu

浙江大学

Zhejiang University

安徽当涂
Dangtu, Anhui Province

孙国庆
Guoqing Sun

新疆农业大学

Xinjiang Agricultural University

新疆乌鲁木齐
Urumchi, Xinjiang Province

As a global leader in animal nutrition, Alltech has supported the ECPA since it was established in 2011. Over the last six years, the ECPA has expanded its network significantly, connecting with 25 agricultural universities in China.

In 2015, in response to China’s dairy industry needs, Alltech started the Alltech-ECPA Ireland Internship Program and financed five students’ internships on Irish farms. In 2017, Alltech is investing more in this internship program, increasing the number of trainees to 11 and continuing to enrich program content. The objective of the internship program is to develop professionals and deliver innovation to the Chinese animal husbandry industry.

Alltech selected Ireland to host the internship because of its advanced farming technology and unique family farm model.

“The students can bring back to China what they have learned from one of the world’s most progressive dairy farming systems and become the future leaders of Chinese animal husbandry,” said Dr. Mark Lyons, global vice president and head of Greater China for Alltech.

It is said when touring in Ireland that you encounter cattle more frequently than people. Currently, Ireland has more than 135,600 farms, which are almost all family farms, with national per capita ownership of livestock at approximately 4.5 heads. Owing to the temperate maritime climate and abundant rainfall, Ireland is considered to have the best quality meadows in the world, with pastures taking up 80 percent of the land for farming and animal husbandry. There are approximately 300 days considered suitable for outdoor grazing in a year.

Modern technology and strict hygiene standards for food processing enterprises also contribute to Ireland’s worldwide reputation for food quality and safety. This reputation has led Ireland to become the production base for many world-renowned infant formula brands, such as Abbott, Danone, Nestlé and more. Ireland produces more than 12 percent of the global supply of infant formula every year. In addition, Ireland is also Europe’s leading producer of beef.

In contrast to China’s large-scale farms with tens of thousands of cattle, family farms with about 60 cattle on average are characteristic of Irish farming. For many Irish families, farms are passed on from generation to generation, and therefore some farm owners are familiar with farm management from childhood.

Though family farms are small in size, they are equipped with all the necessary supporting facilities and services. In every village, veterinary service stations with top veterinarians provide services for farms. There are pasture experts who visit farms approximately four times a year to check the soil, collect data and analyze grass growth. Irish farms apply the AIM (Animal Identification and Movement)system. Every calf is labeled with a card for registration after birth, and this card labeling is used for tracking during dealing.

The Alltech-ECPA Ireland Internship Program makes full use of its advantages in science, technology, business and more to provide training of high quality. The students’ insights into innovative Irish farming concepts and technologies will enable them to return to China equipped with new knowledge and skills to advance the Chinese animal husbandry industry.