Our Organisation Search
Quick Links
Toggle: Topics

Dan Clavin

Organic Farming/Rural Development Specialist

Research Interests

  • Provide input into national organic policy design and the Government organic action plan.
  • Deliver in-service training and support to up-skill KT advisory staff re: Organics and Options (rural diversification).
  • Collaborate with research, specialist, KT advisory staff and EU advisors/researchers on organic related projects and KT dissemination events (farm walks, demos).
  • Deliver educational support to organic farmers, groups and college/university students.
  • Develop a range of support materials/publications and deliver media interviews/press releases to support delivery of knowledge in both the Organics and Options (rural diversification) programmes.

Current Projects

Economic modelling of organic cattle farming.
Red Clover yield and quality performance under various management strategies.


Currently: PhD candidate (part-time) Teagasc and NUIG.  Research subject: “The development of a bio-economic model of organic beef production systems in Ireland”.

2009: Level 3 Horticulture (FETAC).

2008: M.Sc.(Agr). Rural Environmental Management (UCD). Grade 1.0.

2000: M.Agr.Sc. Research: “Terracette morphology in the hill and mountain environment of Western Ireland with emphasis on the role of livestock” (Teagasc and UCD).

1997: B.Agr.Sc. (UCD).  Grade 2.1.


2008-present: Organic Farming/Rural Development Specialist. Teagasc, Athenry, Co. Galway.

2004-2008: Agriculture Development Officer (REPS, Drystock, Organics). Teagasc, Co. Kerry.

2001-2004: Agriculture Development Officer (REPS, Organics). Teagasc, Co. Limerick.

2000: Conservation Officer. Birdwatch Ireland, Co. Donegal.

Professional Membership

ASA (Agricultural Science Association)

IOTA  (Institute of Organic Training and Advice)

  • Clavin, D., Crosson, P., Grant, J and O ‘Kiely, P. (2016). Red clover for silage: management impacts on herbage yield, nutritive value, ensilability and persistence, and relativity to perennial ryegrass. Grass and Forage Science. In press.
  • Clavin, D. (2013). Organic Production Census of Ireland 2012. National Organic Conference. Tullamore Court Hotel, Co. Offaly. 5 November 2013.
  • Clavin, D. and Moran, B. (2011). Financial performance of organic cattle farming. In: Teagasc National Organic Conference. Organic Farming for Health and Profit Proceedings. 
  • Duram, L.A., Clavin, D and Bloom, S.M. (2009). Linking Research and Policy: Assessing a Framework for Organic Agricultural Support in Ireland. In: Social Science Research and Policy Making: Bridging the Divide, Irish Social Science Platform, and NUIG. pp. 156-169. http://orgprints.org/19880/ 
  • Clavin, D. (2008). Organic versus Conventional Farming: An environmental comparison review. In: Teagasc Organic Production Research Conference Proceedings 2008. Teagasc, Oakpark, pp. 1-121.