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Cow cull contagion

The demand for reductions in livestock numbers is now getting traction on the other side of the Irish Sea.

The Welsh Government, through its surrogate mouthpiece, the State-funded Wales Centre for Public Policy, is making noises that a cow cull would be beneficial in the race to reduce farm emissions. Welsh and Irish livestock farmers can feel a certain bond in the face of adversity, assailed as they are on all sides, by those who believe that culling cows is the answer to climate challenges. The Welsh think-tank is suggesting in its report that a proportion of grazing land should be reallocated towards more carbon-efficient uses including forestry. The report does note that the only way this reallocation of land use can work is if strategies are adopted to restrict land demand. Since no more land is being made, that’s a tough proposition.