Ireland’s climate targets problem: livestock numbers need to be reduced, say analysts

Posted: April 23, 2022 by oldbrew in Agriculture, alarmism, Analysis, atmosphere, climate, Emissions, ideology
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Yet another climate folly induced by arbitrary targets. As usual they conveniently forget that most of their so-called ‘greenhouse’ gas is water vapour, which depends on the temperature. There’s so little methane in the atmosphere it has to be measured in parts per billion, but alarmism has taken over.
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In order for legally binding climate targets to be met, and agricultural subsidies to be granted, the number of livestock on the island needs to go down says Buzz.

The size of herds both North and South of the border is being scrutinised. It is likely both cow and sheep herds on both sides of the border will need to be cut – and soon.

In a nutshell

Since 2015, when dairy quotas in the European Union were abolished, the number of cows has increased in both Northern Ireland and the Republic.

Data released last week by the Department of Agriculture shows that the national herd stands at 6.66 million head of cattle, and while dairy cows have increased their number, the amount cattle reared for beef has decreased.

At the end of December 2020, there were more than 5.5 million sheep in Ireland.

Northern Ireland, also with a big farming sector, has a significant national herd.

According to the North’s Agricultural Census 2021, total cattle numbers in Northern Ireland are just under 1.7 million. Northern Ireland has just under two million sheep.

However it is likely that both North and South, the number of cows and sheep will have to be cut in order to meet climate targets.
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The letter from the European Commission also says that growth in the dairy sector has had “very substantial implications for agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, for quality of air, water and soil, and for biodiversity”.

About one-third of human-caused methane emissions come from livestock and most of that is from cattle.

When it comes to methane, the second-most harmful greenhouse gas, Ireland emits far far more than its fair share. This is due to our large pastoral agriculture sector.

Full article here.

  1. […] Ireland’s climate targets problem: livestock numbers need to be reduced, say analysts […]

  2. Chaswarnertoo says:

    Utter insanity.

  3. pochas94 says:

    The amateur hour. Psychotherapy for stupid people.

  4. Phil Salmon says:

    No more Angus steaks 🥩 in Lidl or Carrefour, then. Enjoying your EU membership, Ireland?

  5. oldbrew says:

    Again the question of Northern Ireland and the EU 🤔

  6. Saighdear says:

    Well of course, we can get rid of them: we all know that food like butter milk and cheese grow on trees. There’ll be an overabundance of it shortly with all those trees being planted. Oh Jings, did they remember to ask the Milkman which tree types have to be planted ?

  7. oldbrew says:

    APRIL 25, 2022

    Meat consumption must fall by at least 75% for sustainable consumption, says study

    Burger off 🍔

  8. oldbrew says:

    Plan B for Irish cattle? 😎

    Climate change: Designers of cow face mask that neutralises emissions from belching win £50k Prince Charles prize
    27 April 2022

  9. oldbrew says:

    Morano on: Northern Ireland faces loss of 1 million sheep and cattle to meet climate targets:

    “What Ireland is doing is literally by getting rid of their livestock is what the World Economic Forum, the Davos crowd, what Bill Gates are seeking…They want us to stop eating meat. They want us to eat insects, weeds, and fake meat burgers. This is actually the goal of Bill Gates, who is now going to have huge sway as America’s largest farm owner to do this.”

  10. Silly me. I thought the main source of methane was the politicians and so-called advisors. Thanks for correcting me on that.

    Mind you, I’m sure we could connect up the Houses of Parliament (HoP) to collect the gas that emanates from there.

    I gather in 2020 there were rumours of an emergency in the HoP. I write about it here. I think its quite funny.

  11. Yes, get rid of dairy products then they can sell us highly processed axle grease, a.k.a as margarine.

  12. No doubt somebody has said this, but the whole thing is baa-rmy and one day we will have to face the moo-sic if we continue with this insanity.

  13. oldbrew says:

    ‘Cruel joke’: Animal rights activists slam Prince of Wales for awarding prize to ‘inhumane’ and ‘medieval-looking’ mask for COWS that neutralises methane in their breath

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