Agriculture


28
May 14

Emydex Technology to Create 20 Software Js in Dublin

Emydex Technology is to create 20 full-time software jobs in Dublin over the next eighteen months, doubling its workforce.

The agri-food software company, which already employs 22 staff, has announced a major deal with the Meat Corporation of Namibia (MeatCo) in Africa.

The meat processing and marketing organisation works on behalf of Namibian farmers and the two-year €300,000 contract will involve six separate MeatCo sites in the Sub-Saharan country.

Emydex Technology CEO David McMahon said the company is benefitting from export-led growth in the agri-food sector.

“Thanks to the solid growth in Irish food exports, there is a corresponding growth in demand for more sophisticated and robust software systems for production management, reporting and traceability. Responding to this growing demand, we will be doubling our workforce over the next 18 months, recruiting twenty highly skilled software programmers to work in our three main operating divisions in Dublin.”

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30
Jan 14

Search is on for Ireland’s Top Agri Entrepreneurs

AgrilandNominations for the 2014 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year programme officially opened this week as EY kicked off its nationwide search for Ireland’s leading entrepreneurs.

More than 100 entrepreneurs attended the national launch event this week at the EY offices on Harcourt Street, Dublin, where they heard about the significant benefits of being part of the programme from the 2013 overall winner, Patrick Joy of Suretank and 2013 finalist Caroline Keeling of Keelings.

Known globally as the most prestigious business accolade for entrepreneurs, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Ireland programme has transformed over the past 16 years into an intensive development programme for the best entrepreneurs across the island of Ireland.

“With the recent exit from the bailout, Ireland has emerged from economic austerity to a business landscape with sizeable opportunity” said partner-in-charge of EY Entrepreneur Of The Year, Frank O’Keeffe.

“Our mission for this year’s programme is to assist our 2014 finalists and wider community of entrepreneurs in building a strategy that will keep them ahead of the curve and truly prepare them for the opportunities that economic recovery will bring, in Ireland and globally.”

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24
Sep 13

Multimillion Agri-food Investments Creates 140 Jobs

business agrilandThree Irish agri-food companies are set to create 134 jobs over the next three years, it has been announced this morning.

Firstly, Westmeath company Green Farms Foods plans to expand its operations with a €2.8m investment to create 30 new jobs. A leading producer of premium cooked meat products, Green Farm Foods will see the company double its production capacity to meet increasing demand for its products, allowing it expand its existing international markets and enter new markets. The expansion will bring total employment in Green Farm Foods to 160.

Green Farm Foods was established in 1991 by Kenneth Greene and produces high-quality cooked meats for the Irish and export markets. In 2005 the company launched its premium branded range of sliced cooked meats and today is the category leader selling into the retail and multiple market in Ireland.
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10
Jul 13

Taoiseach to Turn Sod on Kerry Group’s New Naas Plant.

 Group Photo Shane O'Neill.

At the announcement today were Frank Ryan, CEO Enterprise Ireland, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore TD and Stan McCarthy, CEO Kerry.

Kerry Group today Tuesday 9 October, 2012 announced the establishment of an industry-leading global technology and innovation centre in Ireland. The €100m investment, which will create 800 jobs, as well as 400 immediate construction jobs, will be part-funded by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through Enterprise Ireland.  The new flagship global technology and customer innovation centre, located on a 28 acre site in the Millennium Business Park, Naas will serve as a key focal point for Kerry’s customer engagement activities providing strategic customers with access to the Group’s complete breadth and depth of technologies, scientific research, innovation and applications expertise across food, beverage and pharmaceutical markets. The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has also had a central involvement in supporting this investment.

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4
Jul 13

Libya opens doors to Irish sheep.

Ireland hopes to begin sheepmeat shipments to Libya;By Alyson MageeFollowing the Republic of Ireland’s successful reintroduction of cattle shipments to Libya earlier this year, the renewed trade link is expected to open up to its first sheep shipment this week.

Ireland hopes to begin sheepmeat shipments to Libya

Irish mart prices have strengthened on the back of strong demand for live exports, including the Libyan deal, which is expected to number 4,000-5,000 lambs. A veterinary health certificate approving the deal was issued just over a week ago.

Trade and prices were livelier at the end of last week, due to the strong live trade, according to the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) weekly lamb price update, with factories paying €5.50/kg up to 21.5kg.

IFA National Sheep Committee chairman James Murphy said Ramadan on 9 July should introduce much-needed competition into the trade at this critical time. Lamb prices stabilised in the last half of June on the back of tight supplies and strong market returns, but had been pushed down by factory price pressure earlier in the month.

Murphy said the IFA was working hard and making good progress on the expansion of the live export trade for Irish lambs, with Irish exporters the main players on the export markets at this time of year.

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14
Jun 13

CIT students scoop €10k in college entrepreneur awards

CIT students scoop €10k in college entrepreneur awardsA team of students from Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) has come away with a €10,000 prize and the accolade ‘College Entrepreneur of the Year’ after winning the top spot in Enterprise Ireland’s Think Outside the Box awards for their new project that aims to help dairy farmers identify mastitis in cows.

This is the 31st year of the awards, which aim to encourage students to consider entrepreneurship as a career option.

Along with Enterprise Ireland, Invest Northern Ireland, Cruickshank Intellectual Property Attorneys, Intel and Grant Thornton sponsored the awards.

The prize fund includes €30,000 in cash prizes and €30,000 in consultancy fees to help the winners pursue their business ideas.

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10
Jun 13

Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards: Emerging finalists.

Edmond Harty, founder of Dairymaster, overall winner of last year’s Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

Edmond Harty, founder of Dairymaster, overall winner of last year’s Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

Twenty-four businesses ranging from financial services and technology to agriculture and manufacturing have been shortlisted for this year’s Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (EOY) awards.

Four of these businesses – Datahug, Barracuda FX, Sugru and Sixteen South – which are finalists in the emerging category of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year competition, are profiled today. Overall eight companies have been chosen as finalists in each of the three award categories: international, industry and emerging.

The finalists were chosen by a judging panel chaired by 2002 EOY winner and Aer Arran founder Pádraig Ó Céidigh. The members of the panel also included Digicel owner Denis O’Brien, PCH International founder and chief executive Liam Casey and CPL chief executive Anne Heraty.

All 24 finalists will join a group of 100 entrepreneurs, all previous finalists and winners of the EOY competition, for a week-long CEO retreat taking place between Chicago, Notre Dame University and New York in June.

The theme of the retreat is “accelerating the growth, ambition and development of Ireland’s leading entrepreneurial talent and their businesses,” according to Frank O’Keeffe, partner in charge of the Entrepreneur of the Year programme.

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3
Jun 13

MooMonitor keeps eye on frisky cows.

An Irish man is vying to be crowned cream of the world's entrepreneurs for his frisky cow monitor

MooMonitor

An Irish man is vying to be crowned cream of the world’s entrepreneurs for his frisky cow monitor. 

Dr Edmond Harty jets in to Monte Carlo on Wednesday to promote his invention that maximises a dairy cow’s fertility.

The Co Kerry man, who heads up Dairymaster, designed a necklace device that alerts the farmer when a cow is in heat. The MooMonitor fertility device will be among his products in the world finals of the Entrepreneur of the Year awards this week.

“About 70% of heats on a dairy farm are at night-time, when the farmer isn’t watching his cows,” said Dr Harty, who will represent Ireland.

“They are generally more active at the time. In simple terms they are friskier, and he won’t see it.”

Technology from rockets and smart phones was used for the design of MooMonitor, which sends a text or voice alert to farmers giving real-time information about the health and fertility status of each cow in their herd.

Dr Harty, 37, believes he has a good chance at the finals of the Ernst and Young competition as his collection of farming devices are so different to the winners being put forward by almost 50 other countries worldwide.

He said of the device: “This is so important because for a cow to produce milk she has to have a calf, and for that to happen there’s obviously a right time for breeding.

“So for an economic point of view, every time a farmer misses a cow’s heat it costs him about 250 euro (£215). It allows a cow to be a cow and breed on its natural cycle so there’s no use of hormones, which can be used quite a lot in the US.”

Dairymaster was set up by Dr Harty’s father in Tralee 1968 and is at the cutting-edge of product innovation, exporting to more than 40 countries. The MooMonitor is being used in farms across the world and Dr Harty said UK figures estimate missing heats cost the dairy industry £200 million (235 million euro) a year.

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1
May 13

New Glanbia facility to create 76 direct jobs

Minister for the Environment, Community & Local Government, Phil HoganTD, Jim Bergin, CEO, Glanbia Ingredients Ireland Limited (GIIL) with An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Liam Herlihy, chairman, GlanbiaGlanbia Ingredients Ireland Ltd (GIIL) said today that it is developing a new dairy facility in Belview on the Kilkenny/Waterford border that will create 76 direct and 1,600 indirect jobs and contribute around €400m each year to the economy.

The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation is part-funding the facility’s development through Enterprise Ireland.
GIIL processes 1.6 billion litres of milk or 30pc of Ireland’s milk pool into a range of dairy ingredients for export to more than 50 countries.  All produce from the new facility will be for export markets.

Construction is set to begin on 17 May and the new facility is expected to begin production in spring 2015.

The company said the facility will have a significant impact on the income of farm families, boosting the rural economy and the local industries that will service on-farm expansion.

Glanbia Ingredients Ireland Ltd is the joint venture between Glanbia plc and Glanbia Co-Op that was created last year.

“The Belview facility is a significant, strategic development for our business,” said GIIL CEO, Jim Bergin. “Most of all it reflects our confidence in, and commitment to our 4,300 milk suppliers. By providing this additional processing capacity we will be facilitating milk suppliers in their ambition to avail of the opportunity presented by quota abolition post 2015.

“We are very pleased that through Enterprise Ireland, the Government is acknowledging the economic contribution of the Belview project. It will contribute €400m per annum to the local economies of 16 surrounding counties and demonstrates a real long-term commitment to farm families and the rural economy.

“The Belview plant will be entirely focused on export markets and will supply a range of nutritional powders to an increasing number of regions including the Middle East, Africa, Central America and Asia.”

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2
Apr 13

Food entrepreneurs with global ambitions sought for Food Works programme

Ireland should adopt a strategy of developing a world-class agricultural industry by 2016. Photograph: Bord Bia

Ireland should adopt a strategy of developing a world-class agricultural industry by 2016. Photograph: Bord Bia

Ireland should adopt a strategy of developing a world-class agricultural industry by 2016 and set itself the goal of becoming the most efficient, most highly innovative food and drink country in the world.”

That’s according to the Pathways for Growth report prepared for Bord Bia, in 2010, by Prof David Bell and Mary Shelman of the Harvard Business School.

The report also identified the lack of export-oriented entrepreneurs, as opposed to small artisan producers, attracted to the Irish food and drink industry. The authors regard this as a significant challenge facing the sector, yet fundamental to its long-term performance and continued success.

“A limited number of successful “serial entrepreneurs” exist within the industry, but new entrants, with global ambitions, are very rare”, the report says.

So at a time when Ireland’s agri-food industry is performing strongly, with exports valued at €9 billion last year – a record high – and the sector is being touted as a potential future leader in the Irish economy, why does it fail to attract so few new entrepreneurs with scalable ideas that could create new jobs?

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