Farmers understand that the world needs more future-friendly farming practices and are willing to put in the effort for a more sustainable future. However, increasingly rigid regulations to tackle emissions by cutting livestock numbers put livelihoods and food production at stake.
There are alternative solutions, like using smaller, more feed-efficient breeds, but are governments prepared to listen?
This is a delicate subject that needs a controlled debate from all sides, and a compromise needs to be reached rather than policies not offering farmers any wiggle room.
Two cattle breeders with over 30 years of experience bring you their knowledge on the subject and some measures you can take to future-proof your herd.
Walter Liebregts, a Dutch farmer and owner of Koole & Liebregts, and Peter Larson, Senior Breeding Manager for VikingJersey at VikingGenetics.