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Organic Farming: the biggest changes and lessons learned

Teagasc Organic Specialist Elaine Leavy joins Catherine Egan with an update on the recent organic scheme, how red clover and multispecies is managed on organic farms and the upcoming organic walks.

Given the rise in fertiliser prices, there is an increased interest in organic farming. Over 300 farmers applied for the organic scheme and it expected to re-open again in October. Elaine outlines the biggest changes that farmers have made and lessons they have learned.

Obviously organic concentrates feed are expensive above conventional and Elaine describes the importance of red clover silage on organic farms to help manage this over the winter.

Multispecies and red clover have many benefits and Elaine explains how they are managed as they have been common practice on organic farms.

There are also a number of events taking place around the country in June and these events are a great opportunity for farmers with an interest in organic farming to visit and see the farm in practice and meet and speak with producers and organic sectors experts.

Teagasc, Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine and organic organisations invite all farmers to attend.

Further details can be found here: https://www.teagasc.ie/rural-economy/organics/events/

For more episodes from the Beef Edge podcast, visit the show page at: www.teagasc.ie/thebeefedge 

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