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‘Someone with 100 acres should be able to survive and make a living from farming’

Christy Comerford is one of the farmers behind a new campaign for a ‘carbon neutral’ beef scheme to deliver a fair price and living wage for suckler farmers

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Neutral policy: Christy Comerford on his farm at Knockmahon, Co Kilkenny. Photo: Finbarr O’Rourke

Neutral policy: Christy Comerford on his farm at Knockmahon, Co Kilkenny. Photo: Finbarr O’Rourke

Christy Comerford with his wife Marguerite and daughters Christine (5), Collette (11) and Cynthia (10) on their farm

Christy Comerford with his wife Marguerite and daughters Christine (5), Collette (11) and Cynthia (10) on their farm

In addition to his pedigree Charolais herd, he also keeps a flock of 240 spring lambing ewes.
Photo: Finbarr O’Rourke

In addition to his pedigree Charolais herd, he also keeps a flock of 240 spring lambing ewes. Photo: Finbarr O’Rourke

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Neutral policy: Christy Comerford on his farm at Knockmahon, Co Kilkenny. Photo: Finbarr O’Rourke

There is more political focus on than ever before on agricultural sustainability, at both national and European levels.

However, plenty of farmers are adamant that they are already producing a top-quality product, using environmentally friendly and sustainable practices. And they also argue that they need to be officially recognised and paid for this.

Christy Comerford is part of a national group of suckler farmers formed to campaign for the introduction of a carbon-neutral suckler cow scheme which they maintain would rejuvenate the suckler industry in Ireland.