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# Cattle

31st May 2023
Agriculture accounted for almost 40% of greenhouse gas emissions in 2020
That’s according to new figures released in the Central Statistics Office.
Last year
# trade off
The Explainer x Noteworthy: Why are Irish unweaned calves being exported?
Noteworthy’s Niall Sargent and vet Dr Alexander Rabitsch tell Susan Daly about animal welfare concerns in the growing trade to Europe.
# trade off
‘Empty bellies’: Unweaned calves left without milk for long periods on journey to Europe
Department audit finds some operators not complying with feeding intervals, Noteworthy reveals.
# trade off
‘A slow, terrible death’: The fate of Irish cattle exported outside of the EU
Noteworthy finds the State has little to no control over what happens to animals once they leave Ireland.
'Export loophole’: Irish cattle shipped from Spain on ‘substandard’ vessels
A report by
Niall Sargent
Thousands of cattle exported on vessels that do not meet standards required under Irish laws.
Thousands of cattle exported on vessels that do not meet standards required under Irish laws
Niall Sargent of Noteworthy reports that unwanted males from the dairy industry are among those exported
Destinations include Egypt where ‘appalling’ slaughter techniques are common
# debunked
Debunked: Yes, cows are a 'problem' when it comes to cutting greenhouse gas emissions
Two Facebook posts said cows are “not the problem” compared to emitting activities like flying.
# Live Animals
MEPs vote in favour of proposals on live animal transport with some last-minute changes
The recommendations on the transport of live animals were debated today in Strasbourg.
All time
# Climate Change
Ibec boss warned Taoiseach that climate budget could cost economy €7.8bn a year
A move to include emissions from land usage in the budgets would ‘totally undermine the viability’ of the agri-food industry, CEO Danny McCoy wrote.
# Climate Change
Quiz: How much do you know about cattle?
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# climate action plan
Taoiseach says there's an 'obsession' about the national herd in climate debate
“There’s a much broader range of issues that we have to do in addition to agriculture,” the Taoiseach said at the launch of the Climate Action Plan.
# Pastures new
Rugby referee and role model Nigel Owens whistles new tune as farmer
The Welshman is looking forward to a quieter life away from the international spotlight.
# Cattle
Livestock marts disrupted as online bidding system crashes
Cattle were already gathered in marts to be sold when the system went down.
# Limousin
Appeal to find 19 cattle stolen from farm in Armagh
The PSNI has asked anyone who saw suspicious behaviour or strange vehicles in the area to get in touch.
# beef protests
Farmer protests end outside factories - but meat industry says 100,000 cattle in backlog
The protests ended last night after almost two months of disputes over beef prices.
# Farming
Explainer: Why have beef farmers across the country been protesting in recent weeks?
The Irish Farmers’ Association has said the Irish and European beef sectors are “in crisis”.
# Thornton Hall
Justice minister takes case against farmer allegedly trespassing on State lands formerly earmarked for 'super prison'
The Minister has brought proceedings against James Scully, from Kilreesk Lane, St Margarets, Co Dublin.
# Cooraclare
Man dies following farming accident in Clare
The accident happened near the village of Cooraclare in the west of the county.
# dirty work
Firefighters rescue cattle from slurry tank on Tyrone farm
Farm animals in distress can pose a serious risk to anyone trying to rescue them.
# Irish Rail
'Very significant' damage and severe disruption after Dublin to Galway train hits herd of cows
The 15.35 Heuston to Galway train collided with 8 cattle.
# Study
Vampire bat rabies kills hundreds of cows a year as it spreads across Peru
It’s thought that raising awareness of the disease could reduce the cost associated with vampire bat rabies.
# arra mountains
Man rescued from Tipperary mountains after getting lost while searching for missing cattle
The man was reported missing in the Arra Mountains last night at about 10pm.
# Environment
Should Ireland start feeding its cows seaweed? The government isn't sure
Studies in Australia and Canada look promising, but the Department of Agriculture still have some questions.
# james reynolds
National Party co-founder loses bid for injunction against farmers association
The ICSA sought to remove James Reynolds from senior positions he had held with the organisation.
# be vigilant
Irish farmers warned about Bluetongue virus after outbreaks in France
There have been 657 reported outbreaks in France since the start of this year.
# Milking it
The average Irish dairy farmer earned €52,000 last year but their colleagues aren't happy
It is claimed sheep farmers can earn as little as €16,000 a year.
# Good relations
'A herculean accomplishment': Trump administration congratulates itself over China trade deal
Relations between the two governments have been warmer than expected since Trump took over the presidency.
# Shot Down
Anger over calls for 50,000 deer to be culled in Wicklow
Deer experts say the calls are based on bad science.
# Gas
Here's how much farmers are getting paid to count how much gas their cows are emitting
Agriculture is the single largest contributor to Ireland’s overall greenhouse gas emissions, accounting for over 30%.
# traffic delays
Multi vehicle crash with stray cattle caused M3 motorway to close
A 12 kilometre tailback is being reported.
# Trade with Tehran
Why Ireland's farmers want the Irish embassy in Iran to reopen
The ICSA has called on the government to reopen the Irish embassy in Iran.
# Derry
Elderly woman 'killed by cattle' on farm
The woman in her was killed while working on her farm.
# cow-ards
Vodafone bull ad branded "disgraceful" for making light of "very dangerous animals"
The Advertising Standards Authority found the ad to be in breach of their guidelines.
# Milking it
The makers of Kerrygold have opened a huge €39 million butter factory in Cork
Ireland’s dairy herd is currently undergoing a rapid expansion following the end of EU milk quotas, but has been criticised due to the effect on Co2 emissions.
# Absolutely Bullin
Herd of cattle stampeded through a Clare golf course, destroying 10 of its greens
“There was a look of shock and horror on the members’ faces after they had seen what the cattle have done.”
# Army
Healy-Rae says the people who gave the order to shoot cattle are 'a disgrace'
Kerry TD Michael Healy Rae spoke in the Dáil today about about the shooting dead of five cattle in Monaghan.
# million euro judgement
Remainder of Ireland's Fittest Family winner's cattle herd to be sold on Monday
He had described the mood after the news broke earlier this month as “like the day after a funeral”.
# devastated
"It's like the day after a funeral" - Ireland's Fittest Family farmer laments sale of herd of 1,000 cattle by bank
Farmer and Ireland’s Fittest Family winner Peter Kingston faces a €2.45 million judgement against him secured by ACC Bank.
# Westmeath
Man arrested after dozens of cow and sheep stolen
75 cattle and 25 sheep were taken during the robbery.
# appeal
Gardaí are looking for your help in finding 75 stolen cattle and 25 sheep
The animals were stolen from a field in Westmeath this week.
# Crash
Traffic delays after truck full of cattle overturns on the N11
The driver of the truck was taken to hospital for treatment to minor injuries.