Ireland is considering reducing the number of cows by approximately 200,000 over the next three years to combat climate change. This information is mentioned in an internal memo from the Irish Ministry of Agriculture.
Pat McCormack, the chairman of the Irish Farmers’ Association, confirms to DPA that discussions are scheduled between dairy farmers and government representatives. McCormack emphasizes that such plans can only be implemented on a voluntary basis and that the Irish government needs to provide financial support. A spokesperson for the Ministry of Agriculture informs DPA that the government aims to offer farmers voluntary and financially attractive options.
Recently, the Irish environmental watchdog EPA warned that Ireland is likely to miss its climate targets. The country is projected to achieve a 29 percent reduction in emissions by 2030, falling short of its goal of 51 percent greenhouse gas reduction. The EPA anticipates a decrease of 4 to 20 percent in emissions from the agriculture sector by 2030.