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Irish government proposes culling 200,000 cows to meet climate targets

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An internal document, a Department of Agriculture briefing paper, reveals that a €200m budget is needed to cull 65,000 cows every year for three years to meet climate goals – that’s 195,000 cows in total.


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Culling 200,000 Irish dairy cows is the wrong way to meet Ireland’s climate targets, the president of Macra na Feirme, Elaine Houlihan has said. Macra creates a platform that allows young farmers’ voices to be heard. Houlihan described the report which contained the proposal as a “complete kneejerk report.”

Houlihan also pointed out: “Has anyone taken a step back and seriously looked at what signals these reports focusing on culling send to young farmers considering entering a sector? Are Ireland and Europe serious about Generational Renewal?”

Any plan to cull Ireland’s dairy herd must be voluntary, the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association (“ICMSA”) has warned. ICMSA is a lobbying group that represents all farmers in Ireland, particularly dairy and livestock.

ICMSA President Pat McCormack told Newstalk Breakfast on Tuesday: “If there is to be a scheme, it needs to be a voluntary scheme. That’s absolutely critical because there’s no point in culling numbers from an individual who has borrowed on the back of a huge financial commitment on the back of achieving a certain target that’s taken from under him.”

Further reading:

What climate alarmists and those who seek to profit from the agenda refuse to acknowledge is that the livestock/methane narrative is a misconception.  The proponents of the climate agenda consistently portray cows as pumping additional methane into the atmosphere. This is simply not true.  Ruminant livestock methane is virtually irrelevant as a greenhouse gas.  And methane from cattle is part of the biogenic carbon cycle which has been around since life began.

What climate alarmists and those who seek to profit from it also refuse to acknowledge is that farming is crucial not only to avoid starving populations but it is also vital for livelihoods and economies. Ireland has long relied on farming, alongside multinational investment, to drive its economy. Irish beef and dairy brands such as Kerrygold and Pilgrims Choice are among its most successful exports.  Cows, however, now represent something else: the politics and greed of a manufactured “climate crisis.”

Related: Destruction of farming is front and centre in the fight against climate change, John Kerry says

In November 2021, more than 100 countries pledged to reduce methane emissions by 30% by 2030 at COP26 in Glasgow in an initiative put forward by the US and the EU.  The Irish government was due to unveil its sector-by-sector climate emergency plans in the first week of November and was considering a 21% to 30% cut in carbon emissions from the agriculture sector.

Ahead of the unveiling of the sector-by-sector plans, KPMG looked at four scenarios, concluding that rural Ireland faced a €4bn hit to the economy and the loss of more than 56,000 jobs if the government opted for the 30% target. 

It also warned that a 30% cut would require a 20% cut in cattle numbers, 22% of the beef herd and 18% of the dairy herd.  With 6.5 million cattle in the country according to official Central Statistics Office data, this equates to a reduction of 1.3 million of the national herd.

The lower target of 21% would mean a reduction of about 5%, or 325,000 cattle, according to the KPMG analysis.

In July last year, the government announced binding sectoral targets to slash overall carbon emissions by 51% by 2030. The agriculture sector must reduce emissions by 25% by 2030. Transport must reduce emissions by 50% and commercial and public buildings by 40%.

Tim Cullinan, the leader of the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA), said the target was about the survival of the government rather than survival of rural Ireland. “This is a potentially devastating blow for Irish farming and the rural economy,” he said.

The ICMSA called the deal a “sellout” that would make many farms unviable. Cutting emissions by a quarter will drive many farms into bankruptcy and could force the culling of hundreds of thousands of cows.

Previously, the government had encouraged dairy farmers to expand to exploit the end of European Union milk quotas. Farmers invested in new equipment and the dairy herd grew by almost half in the past decade. Irish butter, cheese and other produce – 90% is exported – filled supermarket shelves around the world.

“All the talk was of what dairy could deliver for the economy and society and we did that in spades. Now it’s the bad boy,” McCormack said last year.  “The mood is hugely frustrated.  It’s very hard to quantify but there will be increased costs and reduced output.”

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Featured image: Size of the national herd falls for third consecutive year, Irish Farmers Journal, 19 February 2021

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MorganLeFey
MorganLeFey
3 months ago

“So it’s Ning Nang Nong, The cows go Bong!”
– Spike Milligan

bluearea
bluearea
3 months ago

The sick act like the sick, just like the real smart people in china to get rid of birds and find out the bugs eat all their crops and left very little food, are these the same sick people’s narrative that are dense

Douglass Hetherly
Douglass Hetherly
3 months ago

Rathera than killing the cows, lets kill all the elite to bring us to equilibrium based on the elimination of the stupid Satanic criminals and we will be OK and food will be available to all and the deep state will disappear and the World will be a better place for all.

Robbi
Robbi
Reply to  Douglass Hetherly
3 months ago

EXACTLY CORRECT…RIGHT ON TARGET WITH WHAT IS REQUIRED. THE ONLY REAL ANSWER.

Gord and K
Gord and K
Reply to  Douglass Hetherly
3 months ago

Judgement is coming soon, get rapture ready! Check out Rapture Ready News for daily updates!

Douglass Hetherly
Douglass Hetherly
3 months ago

By eliminating the deep state who call themselves the elite will cool the Earth by 25 or more degrees one their mouths are closed and the vitriol and hatred coming from their mouths are heating up our atmosphere as they call climate change and once they are gone, everything will stabilize. Just shut them up and eliminate them to SAVE THE EARTH, because they are what is destroying all aspects of our civilization. Lets all go out capture these criminals, take them to court, find them guilty, and execute everyone of them and all their minions.

Eric W Smith
Eric W Smith
Reply to  Douglass Hetherly
3 months ago

Absolutely Douglas, Firing Sqaud for ALL of them.

Ellen
Ellen
3 months ago

This is so very wrong. Climate change is another tool they’re using to oppress and control the population. Stand up and fright back. There is a revolution coming if those forces continue to push their agenda.

biggrump
biggrump
Reply to  Ellen
3 months ago

There isn’t any man-made climate change and far from being a gas to fear, carbon dioxide is the key gas for life on earth. The 97% consensus that the climate crisis zealots talk about is not true. In fact, it is more truthful to say that 97% of scientists do not believe in man-made climate change. Unfortunately, as with the pandemic hoax, the people behind this climate hysteria, have the mainstream media pushing the propaganda and censoring everything that challenges the narrative. All their predictions have failed to materialise and there is no sign that this trend will change.

john
john
Reply to  Ellen
3 months ago

Climate change is daily. Yesterday weather was different than todays. Tomorrows weather will be different than todays. Did we choose it?

Gerry_OC
Gerry_OC
3 months ago

…its time to put the cows in government…with bulls as honorary members…and elevate four-legged (soon 2+2 = 5!) sheep to civil service status, ’cause in fairness there’s nothing ‘woolly’ about them in a more circumspect sense but first literally ‘turf’ out every one of the syncophants that currently inhabit that impotent space (gov) these deviant merchants of death and miscellaneouly oriented confusions (democidal maniacs ref: Kuntz 😂 June 1 2023) and wanton destruction operating off the basis of misleading propaganda through which they intend to secure the psychological nd material impoverishment of our race at whichever expense is demanded by their Overlords in Europe and beyond to whom they are the merest of nefariously representative and soullessly pathetic agents. Cows and all domestic animals like their wilder cousins are conscious life forms and deserve more respect than their being reduced to meaningless statistics the mathematically based tool of these retarded elements that somehow appear to have ‘weasled’ (no offence to weasles this is intented n a metaphorical sense) their way into apparent human form, when in fact they are the lowest forms of degeneracy and sadistic impulse on the face of the earth. Give me a fkn break:ref: Kuntz June 1 2023!

Jacqui Purcell
Jacqui Purcell
3 months ago

This is all lies in order that the Climate Change lie can be pushed forward and the globalists can stop farming! Its part of the nonsense being put forward to play the game!

Eileen
Eileen
3 months ago

Tell them to go stuff themselves with the synthetic foods they will have to make (of course amwith a great profit to themselves) and when they stop and lead by example like leave their jet-setting days behind them and 20,000 plus enterages (with all that entails power wise) and lead by example. Then we can see if (ha ha) that makes any “dent” in their computer generated figures.
For those of us old enough to remember “The Jetsons” in black and white cartoon form where there food was in “pill” form and how it seemed like fantasy, well I have come to realise the programming of the big guys for years, if not forever.
There is probably more methane produced after a night out on the pop followed by a takeaway than by cows which will be the first to go all the way down to your cats and dogs which, they were talming about not long ago.
Wake up, we put politicians in a place to serve “Us” not for them to dictate from unelected unqualified money guys.

Lets start a petition for (1) votes of non confidence in our elected politocians and (2) for there to be no World governance at all, or something like that.
Get up, speak up, what do we have to lose – EVERYTHING if we don’t. We are leaving it to a handful which we did with our politicians. The brave need help, are you willing to to save humanity and sanity?

Eileen
Eileen
3 months ago

P.S. my last comment, my spelling was awful, head going faster than “one‐fingered” typing on phone!!!

Gerry_OC
Gerry_OC
Reply to  Eileen
3 months ago

…i don’t mean the commenters here but most people being apparently t subservient to an inexpicable and all-pervading ‘spell’ that transcends ur literal meaning…would hardly notice ur ‘faux pas’…then again u won’t find them at the Expose!…

Paulhayes
Paulhayes
3 months ago

The lrish fictitious government a very bewildered lot of goons.

Gerry_OC
Gerry_OC
3 months ago

…ps: shades of Orwell’s Animal Farm must apply here?…anyone?…i only have a lousy recollection of my superficial idea of it from the briefest flirtation with it an age ago!…

Greg
Greg
3 months ago

It’s Agenda 2030 with the eventual ban on beef and lamb

Nigel
Nigel
3 months ago

The Liberals and Dems are a Death Cult. Propagandizing and gas-lighting the public for their personal agenda that has zero to do with any actual so called climate change. Their new religion is “Scientism’, and no one is allowed to dare question the science that they own apparently.


Eric W Smith
Eric W Smith
3 months ago

THE ENTIRE ISSUE OF CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE CAUSE BEING GREENHOUSE GASSES< IS ABSOLUTE LIES FROM START TO FINISH> NO SCIENCE AT ALL . THIS IS NOTHING BUT A CON JOB, TOTAL CRAP !!!!!

Keith Dennett-Jones
Keith Dennett-Jones
3 months ago

Here’s a idea ! Keep the cows….full the fucking government…hows that !

Robbi
Robbi
3 months ago

Where’s William Wallace’s COURAGE OF THE PEOPLE WHEN WE NEED IT?

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toby37
toby37
3 months ago

Fact – any ‘scientist’ claiming there is any kind of ‘climate emergency’ is on the UN payroll – The majority of scientists are screaming there is no climate emergency – climate change is total farce – ‘killing cows to save the planet’ is something that only the dumbest of the dumb would fall for …… thankfully they are all injected and their stupidity will soon be gone. The elite’s plan to kill 7 billion of us is over – The numbers of us that now see the elites for who and what they are are exploding at an exponential rate ……… operation looking glass predicted this awakening … that is why they are in full blown panic ………. bye bye magic money families ……. bye bye globalist filth……. there are now hundreds of millions of us looking straight at you , knowing what you are and what you have done….. that number is getting closer and closer to the critical mass. When that happens we will round you all up and have you all executed on national television as a waring to humanity

Jennings
Jennings
Reply to  toby37
3 months ago

I bloody hope you’re right….the amount of people I know who still have no idea or even any interest in what’s really going on is stupefying!!

Watcher Seeker
Watcher Seeker
3 months ago

“200,000 cows to be culled in order to meet climate targets” – interview with Pat McCormack.

https://www.newstalk.com/podcasts/highlights-from-newstalk-breakfast/200000-cows-to-be-culled-in-order-to-meet-climate-targets

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Wirral In It Together
Wirral In It Together
3 months ago

Centuries of British occupation couldn’t dim the Irish spirit and culture. But now the Irish government want to do a DIY job

Jerven
Jerven
3 months ago

The potato famine 2.0.

What is never admitted about the potato famine is that “the blight” affected potato crops across, not just Ireland, but all of Britain (and Europe). That its impact was massively worse in Ireland purely due to the ‘cultural’ adoption of a (feudal/traditional land distribution and) crop mono-culture that had little alternative production. That thousands upon thousands of tons of grain (and millions of £) were sent from the rest of Britain to aid the Irish but … the ‘Fenian’s’ (Ireland’s home-grown National Socialists) made it clear that any who took ‘the charity’ would regret it (claiming it required a change to Protestantism, that it was tainted, or (rye) animal feed, and that (everyone else) suffering and dying was preferable to taking English food). i.e. it was (like every famine in recorded history around the world) an entirely ‘political’ organized and manufactured product. The Fenian’s cheerfully watched their fellow Irishmen (N.B. none of ‘them’ starved) die or be driven away, acted to worsen it in fact, for … purely mercenary political motives.

And you act surprised when the political descendants of those Fenian’s are now doing exactly the same thing, and for exactly the same reasons?

The Irish establishment (like feminists and men) are single issue fanatics, and … when they can no longer use the usual ‘excuse’ (it’s a bit hard blaming ‘the English’ when you’ve been independent for a century, not that that has ever stopped them) to explain away ‘their’ corruption and failure they … manufacture one to use instead.

Just as then, the ‘trick’ is to see, not what they are doing (and never, ever what they say about why they are doing it), but what they aim to gain by doing it (Cui bono). [Hint: you might like to examine ‘who’ those politicians and activists are aligned with, and ‘where’ they are ‘investing’].

trainman6
trainman6
3 months ago

Do you know what they call governments like the Irish wanting to kill 200000 cows USEFULL IDIOTS. Neutered men who stand for evil and have no back bone.

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