Climate campaigners are disputing government claims that agriculture climate targets can be met without a reduction in the national herd.
It comes after the publication of Ireland's first carbon budgets.
Carbon budgets set out how much greenhouse gas can be emitted by Ireland over a five year period if we're to meet the target of a 51% reduction in emissions by 2030.
They contain emissions ceilings for each sector of the economy.
Speaking to the Joe Finnegan Show this morning, Minister for Agriculture Charlie Mc Conalogue moved to reassure farmers that they will not bear the brunt of the climate targets:
That was echoed by Junior Agriculture Minister Martin Heydon who has already been advocating for no cut to the National Herd.
Those claims are being disputed by Climate activists,
Environmental campaigner John Gibbons doesn't believe the minister: