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Poll: Half of farmers would reduce livestock if Government paid them

Survey finds 49pc are open to cutting herd numbers while 60pc would consider an early retirement scheme

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Crowds on the first day of the National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, Co Laois, Pic:Mark Condren 20.9.2022

Crowds on the first day of the National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, Co Laois, Pic:Mark Condren 20.9.2022

A Farming Independent survey found that 49pc of farmers would reduce their herd if paid

A Farming Independent survey found that 49pc of farmers would reduce their herd if paid

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Crowds on the first day of the National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, Co Laois, Pic:Mark Condren 20.9.2022

Almost half (49pc) of all farmers say they would reduce their livestock numbers if the Government paid them to, with that number dropping slightly to 44pc among beef farmers.

According to a survey conducted by the Farming Independent at last week’s Ploughing Championships, 51pc of dairy farmers said they would consider the idea of reducing their livestock numbers compared to 46pc of beef farmers.


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