The former Longford president of the ICMSA says there is significant interest from farmers in funding to reduce cow numbers in Ireland
Pat O'Rourke's comments come following the publication of a discussion paper on how the farming sector can meet emissions targets.
According to the Irish Independent, up to 65,000 cows would need to be culled per year to help reduce emissions.
Speaking on the Joe Finnegan Show, Pat says that there is interest amongst dairy farmers in a cessation scheme but the details of it must be worked out clearly
There is significant interest in any scheme that's brought out by the department on the basis of funding as to the payment that Farmers would receive for reducing the dairy down numbers.
No figure has been actually agreed and none of the conditions have actually been agreed. So there is an expectation that there will be a scheme in place.