Hayes welcomes major deal for the equine industry

Fine TD for South Tipperary Tom Hayes has today warmly welcomed 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.

“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 particularly welcome in South Tipperary. Coolmore Stud,
the world’s largest breeding operation of thoroughbred racehorses, is set
to receive some of China’s top agriculture graduates. They will spend two
months on site, learning from the best in the industry.”

“This joint venture between Ireland and China will create a major new
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.”

“The announcement is a major boost for both the Tipperary and national
economy, and it will help stabilise and grow the industry in the future.
Everyone involved in the equine industry will benefit from this
announcement, from the farmers, farriers, young aspiring jockeys and
breeders. The venture also will create the potential to provide a range of
business opportunities for companies and individuals in Ireland.

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