The Irish Farmers Association says it isn't viable for livestock farmers to diversify into horse-breeding.

Junior Agriculture Minister Pippa Hackett told the Irish Independent she'd like to explore if farmers could generate income through horses.

The Green Party senator also said the move could help Ireland meet its environmental targets, as horses produce less methane compared with cattle or sheep.

IFA Deputy president, Brian Rushe, says the government should be prioritising existing horse-breeders...

 

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