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Horse Breeding Not A Common Skill Among Farmers Anymore, Says IFA

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The IFA has responded to Offaly Senator Pippa Hackett.

Most farmers lack the skillset to breed a large quantity of mares.

That's according to the South Leinster Chair of the IFA, Francie Gorman, who also says there isn't a market for large-scale breeding.

His statement was in response to Offaly Senator Pippa Hackett, who wants to examine ways to support the breeding of horses and potentially incentivise farmers to rear horses, which produce less methane than cows or sheep. 

But the Ballinakill man believes it should be about quality, not quantity:

Bloodstock Sales Director with Thoroughbred Auction House Goffs, Nick Nugent, thinks encouraging farmers to set up small operations is a good idea:

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