There has been a great welcome in Tipperary following the deal announced by the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney that Ireland is to assist China in establishing a multi billion euro national equine centre.
The deal centres on Tipperary’s world famous Coolmore Stud.
Says Fine Gael TD Tom Hayes - “China recognises that Ireland is the world leader in this industry and they have turned to the best to help them develop a world class horse racing and breeding industry. The development of this facility in China will have great benefits for the industry in Ireland and it is expected to generate almost €40m in exports for Ireland within three years.
“The announcement is particular welcome in South Tipperary, where Coolmore Stud, the world’s largest breeding operation of thoroughbred racehorses, is set to receive China’s top agriculture graduates who will spend two months on site learning from the best in the industry.”
“This joint venture between Ireland and China will create a major export market for horses from Ireland. I have seen at first hand here in Tipperary that the industry has gone through a difficult time over the last number of years. This deal will create a major outlet for the many small breeders and farmers rights across Tipperary and the country.”