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Ireland: Dairy reduction scheme off the table

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Published Apr 18, 2024

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Ireland's Minister for Agriculture, Charlie McConalogue, has announced the cancellation of a proposed dairy cow reduction scheme aimed at reducing emissions, following consultations with stakeholders such as farm organizations and Dairy Industry Ireland. The scheme, which was initially recommended by the Food Vision Dairy Group to help achieve the agriculture sector's goal of reducing emissions by 25% by 2030, faced opposition due to its complexity, lack of support, and insufficient funding in Budget 2024. McConalogue stressed the importance of providing certainty to farmers and expressed optimism for the future of Irish agriculture and the dairy sector, while also noting that a similar proposal for beef cows was rejected by stakeholders.
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Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue has said that a reduction scheme for dairy cows is “off the table”. A dairy cow reduction scheme – which has been referred to as a “cull scheme” by some stakeholders – was one of the recommendations of the Food Vision Dairy Group. Initially, some stakeholders said that they would cautiously give the scheme consideration, while others, such a Macra, were unambiguously opposed to it from the outset. However, following a formal consultation with stakeholders – which included farm organisations and Dairy Industry Ireland (DII) – the tide turned against the recommended scheme, with several stakeholders ultimately coming out against it (although it did retain supports among others). As a result, the idea of such a scheme has never been progressed, with Minister McConalogue saying previously that there were no plans in place to do so. Funding for such a scheme did not form part of Budget 2024. Now, the minister appears to ...
Source: AgriLand
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