April 12, 2016


Alltech continues to invest in future dairy industry leaders




Global animal nutrition company Alltech announced the launch of its 2016 Alltech Dairy Career Development Program (DCDP) with an investment of approximately US$1 million.


The programme offers exciting opportunities for seven high-calibre European university graduates wishing to specialise in the dairy industry.


Although dairy markets remain challenging globally, Alltech continues to invest in this unique programme. The Alltech DCDP aims to cultivate future industry leaders who have practical experience, increasing dairy farm profitability through the use of innovative nutritional technologies to improve animal health, welfare and productivity.


In operation since early 2012, the Alltech DCDP values long-term talent development and continues to contribute a stream of dedicated individuals to the organisation. The programme is headed by Dr. Aoife Lyons, director of educational initiatives at Alltech.


"Graduates recruited today will make the strategic decisions of tomorrow," said Lyons. "The approach Alltech will be taking is not just to instruct and share knowledge, but to show the graduates the route of experiential learning. The hands-on programme allows graduates with a passion for dairy farming to develop solutions for emerging industry issues and make their stamp on the industry."


Successful candidates will learn from exposure to best-in-class dairy production operations while working on exciting nutritional dairy innovations.


Candidates will also receive in-depth training in Alltech's pioneering dairy nutrition system and will have the opportunity to work directly with some of the most progressive dairies throughout the world.


"We aim to develop the next generation of dairy nutritionists who are ready to support and develop the global industry," said Neil Keane, commercial director of ruminants at Alltech.  "Ongoing challenges, such as weak import demands, excess supplies and the ever-changing climate, continue to shake the dairy industry. This investment by Alltech shows the significant importance of the global dairy industry to us and our belief in the importance of supporting future dairy industry leaders."

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