A document proposes culling 65,000 cows a year to reduce emissions.
The Junior Agriculture Minister says the Government won't be forcing farmers to cut herd numbers.
Pippa Hackett was responding to a discussion document published by her Department, which proposes culling 65,000 cows a year in an effort to reduce emissions.
The agriculture sector was responsible for 38,000 of Ireland's greenhouse gas emissions in 2020.
Minister Hackett says the Government wants provide alternatives to reduce emissions: