It is interesting to read that when compared to the global average, the carbon footprint of the Irish beef sector is quite low. The Irish beef sector produces approximately 20kg of CO2 per kg of beef produced. In contrast, the global average is in the mid 40s.
This of course does not permit the beef sector here to neglect its' responsibilities to reduce its' carbon footprint, however, it is positive to see that our beef sector is operating rather efficiently in comparison to other countries.
It also begs the question - with the global demand for beef set to rise substantially by 2030 - would it be more suitable to increase beef production in more carbon efficient systems, such as Ireland, and contracting beef production in other countries which don't have such efficient systems in place.
Have a read of the Agriland article on the topic here https://www.agriland.ie/farming-news/teagasc-beefcon21-farmers-told-global-beef-demand-set-for-major-boost/