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Milk production tax used in study to cut livestock numbers

Alternative scenarios modelled by Climate Advisory Council in carbon budget report submitted to Government included use of negative subsidies to “engineer” reduction in herd

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A tax on milk production and the use of negative subsidies to “engineer” a reduction in livestock numbers were among alternative scenarios modelled by the Climate Advisory Council in its carbon budget report submitted to Government last week.

The carbon budgets submitted by the Council are consistent with a 51pc reduction in greenhouse gases in 2030 relative to 2018 and, depending on the emissions cut allocated to agriculture, could have a significant impact on farm incomes and the rural economy.


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