Sumary of Integrating beef and dairy systems could radically reduce emissions, Teagasc says:
- Gerry Boyle, director of farming agency Teagasc, said the agency was “strongly advocating” switching from beef cow production to dairy beef production as part of the State’s response to the climate crisis.
- “While it sustains an employment-intensive processing industry, the core profitability is very poor,” he said.
- Dairy on the other hand was the more profitable industry and supported a significant export trade, Prof Boyle said.
- “If there were appropriate compensatory schemes in place, you could get significant change, but that’s what it will take,” he said, noting the climate transition will have a significant fiscal cost.
- EmissionsThe Government’s recently passed climate legislation puts the State on a legally-binding path to net-zero emissions no later than 2050, and to a 51 per cent reduction in emissions by the end of this decade.