Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said there “is not going to be any cull” of the national herd in Ireland.
The Tánaiste made the comments following being asked about the Climate Action Plan and whether there would be a cull on cattle in Ireland.
Michael Collins TD asked for a proper and full debate in relation to any decisions being made.
“Just let me be very clear, Deputy. There’s not going to be any cull of the herd,” Varadkar said.
“That is not a proposal in the Climate Action Plan. What we anticipate seeing over the next number of years is herd stabilisation.”
“Some farmers may increase the number of animals they keep. Others may decrease them because they decide to diversify into other areas – plant trees, engage in carbon farming, farming to other things.”
Varadkar further said that Ireland without its beef and dairy sector would not be Ireland.
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