This week, the Climate Change Advisory Council recommends in its annual review that an accelerated decline in the national suckler herd is required to offset increased emissions from the dairy sector.

For a number of years now, suckler farmers have suspected an agenda within Government to reduce the size of the national suckler herd to facilitate growth in dairy. However, this is the first time we have seen it spelled out so clearly in a report that will play an important role in shaping future agricultural policy.