If production from Irish farms falls as a result of achieving agriculture’s 25% emission reduction target, it “wouldn’t be a very successful outcome,” Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said.

The Fine Gael leader told the Irish Farmers Journal at the Tullamore Show that to meet climate targets, a reduction in the cattle herd “won’t be mandatory”. He said the Government has “made that clear” and “nobody is going to be required to reduce their herd”.