The Clare-based Chair of the Independent Farmers of Ireland has called for an independent study into the impact of the national herd on climate change.
It’s after the Climate Action Minister said agriculture “will have to make a very significant contribution” to cut emissions and that the “herd will be smaller”.
Eamon Ryan was speaking as the government launched its new Climate Action Bill, which aims to make Ireland carbon neutral by 2050.
A report from the Climate Change Advisory Committee last year recommended the national herd be reduced by over 50%.
IFOI Chair and Kilmurry McMahon farmer, Seamus Shannon, says such a measure should not be taken lightly.