The new junior agriculture minister has said culling the national herd cannot be ruled out if Ireland doesn’t meet carbon emission targets.

The Green Party had sought for a commitment to cull the national herd in five years time if farming emission reduction targets were not met.

Ballindine native and Green Party Senator Pippa Hackett, the Minister of State in the Department of Agriculture said a cull cannot be ruled out ‘as a last resort’ if the sector fails to reduce emissions.

She cited that the Netherlands was forced to cull 200,000 of their herd after breaching EU limits on phosphates.

The junior Minister with responsibility for land use and biodiversity told the Sunday Independent she wouldn’t like it to come to that here, as it would be a failure on the government’s behalf.

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