news
CATEGORIES   |   ALL UPDATES   |   SEARCH   |   DONATE

ITBA UPDATE: Why breeders need to be aware of climate change

By Irish Field Contributor on 05 February 2021
We can expect more heavy rainfall events in the future \ Healy Racing

David O’Connell of OCAE Consultants has details of the ITBA’s biodiversity and sustainably project

THE recent provisional audit on Irish greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) for 2019 shows a decrease in net emissions of 4.3%.

In the same report, the reduction in agriculture-related GHGs is estimated at 3.9% and is mainly due to reductions in the use of nitrogen fertiliser and lime.

Despite these welcome improvements, Ireland has fallen well behind target emissions’ reductions and agriculture accounts for the largest proportion of GHGs at 35.2%.

In addition, biodiversity levels have declined significantly at farm level with much of the loss attributed to intensive management systems.

By 2050 we now expect that temperatures will, on average, get warmer, growing seasons will become longer, the spring season will come earlier, warmer air will hold more moisture, with the latter resulting in more frequent heavy rainfall events.

These predicted changes will have a significant effect on agricultural production systems, growing conditions, and animal health and welfare that combined will mean that farmers and land managers will need to plan for strategic adaptation of current management practices.

For the equine industry, and the Irish thoroughbred sector in particular, these developments present significant challenges that need to be addressed.

The ITBA, in consultation with OCAE Consultants Ltd in Enfield, Co Meath, is exploring options for assessing the current status for Irish thoroughbred breeders and potential mitigation measures.

Share

More Posts

Randox Sponsored Showjumping Clinic with Tomas Ryan

We are very grateful to Randox Health for providing the sponsorship to run a series of training clinics to support riders with the retraining of their ex-racehorses.    The earlier advertised Joanne Jarden clinic kicks off our clinics in March.  On Monday 13th at the Meadows Equestrian Centre in Lurgan, Joanne will deliver showjumping training

January Training Clinic with Louise Robson of Thoroughbred Dressage

We are very excited to announce that Louise Robson of ‘Thoroughbred Dressage’ is making the trip from the UK to deliver Training Clinics and a Talk/Demonstration on the weekend of January 21st and 22nd.  This is the second in a series of Treo Eile organised clinics which are very kindly sponsored by Randox Health Ireland.

A marvellous night with the stars!

Think December 15th… coming towards the end of the cold snap… postcard scenes all around us, skating rinks rather than roads, bucketing water to thirsty Thoroughbreds for many of us! In one pocket of Kildare however, a plan was being kept on course for a night with the stars!  Some of Ireland’s greatest jockeys had

Spring into Action with Treo Eile Sponsored Prizes

Hard to think that we are nearing the end of 2022!  We are thrilled to have rewarded so many ex-racehorses that have transitioned to compete in different disciplines over the past twelve months and we applaud the standard of retraining undertaken by owners and riders. Arena eventing in the Spring is a great introduction for

CONTACT US

Clarendon

Digby Bridge

Sallins

Co. Kildare

Ireland

Newsletter signup