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    cozzy121 cozzy121 is offline
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    Should We cull the National Herd?

    It's plain to see that with the advent of the Fodder Crisis as usual farmers have allowed greed to dictate their decisions.
    They cannot feed they cattle they have not only due to the poor weather they've experienced, but also to the fact they have too many of the poor creatures.
    I think the department of agriculture should, on animal welfare grounds, audit farmers and their herds and put down the excess that the farmers obviously cannot feed.

    https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/f...cows-1.3452925

    Fodder crisis proves we have too many cows ....This gross negligence is putting ordinary farmers and their families in jeopardy.

    The 2012/13 fodder crisis was a warning shot that Ireland may not be able to produce enough fodder for its then almost seven million cattle.

    Yet instead of looking long and hard at the sustainability of the beef and dairy sector, the industry doubled down by increasing the dairy herd by over 300,000 cows since milk quotas were lifted in 2015. This reckless gamble was celebrated as though it were a stroke of genius.
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    Politicians are people.
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    Dutch Gold and Sky Dutch Gold and Sky is offline

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    #farmanimalsarefodder
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    Ireland needs to expand its beef herd .

    As matters stand a tripling of the existing numbers could easily be handled given the right investment t.
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    Why is the taxpayer picking up the tap?
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    if any group of people should be used to cycles its farmers, if their model is "I can make a profit if nothing goes wrong" they can get up the yard.
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    FOURGREENFIELDS FOURGREENFIELDS is offline

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    If a survey was carried out to establish the glut and have a cull of politicians, quangos, public bodies and lazy good for nothing, fat arsed middle/senior management in the public sector then I am with you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Field Marshal View Post
    Ireland needs to expand its beef herd .

    As matters stand a tripling of the existing numbers could easily be handled given the right investment t.
    investment in what?
    Keeping them in stalls?
    Growing fodder in green houses?
    Mass producing low quality beef ala Brazil/Argentina/USA?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GabhaDubh View Post
    Politicians are people.
    I thought the thread was about the RTE "Talent".
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    Ireland needs to expand the national herd but farmers cannot be depending on putting cattle on grass by March 1st.

    They need to have silage sufficient to May a 2 year capacity of Hay saved. It would also be advisable to have their own planted Fodder Beet.

    It's not complicated. Farmers who are out of fodder should probably consider getting out of farming. Some are just not up for the job.

    In the past, farmers had sons who worked the farm. Now they have fewer sons and sons less inclined to want to work on the farm.
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