Ireland’s Climate and Farming Tradition
The temperate Irish climate favours a long grass growing season, freely available rainwater and weather conditions which are ideal for the rearing of livestock. This grass-based way of farming livestock is more efficient and environmentally sustainable than alternative intensive indoor feeding systems.
Presently, Ireland has the most carbon efficient dairy production in the European Union and the 5th most carbon efficient beef production whilst our water footprint and water stress index compare favourably to that of other countries. (Source: EU JRC Report 2010)
Two thirds of Ireland’s land is used for agriculture and in fact, 80% of Ireland’s agricultural land is devoted to grasslands, with a yearly grass growth rate that exceeds the European average by more than a third.