New nutrition centre for Keenan System
EU Commissioner, Charlie McCreevy, officially opened the new £5.6 million
Keenan Manufacturing Centre at the company's headquarters at Borris, County
Carlow. The centre will conduct research in technology, engineering and animal
Keenan claims that its Animal Nutrition System can have a
positive impact on the environment in Ireland, with a potential reduction in
methane emissions of 20% and a significant improvement in farm performance of up
to 40% current net margins.
This is the equivalent of taking 425,000 cars –
or 25% of Ireland's cars – off the road for a year.Sustainable food
Commenting at the official opening, Commissioner McCreevy
said: "This innovation is about much more than an £5.6 million investment in
technology, engineering and animal nutrition.
"The real vision here has been
the investment in intellectual capital, including the Science Advisory Board,
which has resulted in the development of a system that provides a platform for
sustainable food production methods. "This has the potential to boost family
farm incomes; to support Ireland's green, 'food island' image and to play a
significant role in tackling global warming.''
Gerard Keenan, chairman of
Keenan System, added: "Today is a significant milestone in the evolution of our
company, and the investment programme has allowed us to transform the company
and our role in the food chain. Related link:
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