OrganicBeef22 Open Day with John Purcell
In this clip, meet our Teagasc organic specialists Elaine Leavy, Joe Kelleher and Martin Bourke who outline to us what you can expect to see at the upcoming OrganicBeef22 Open Day on the farm of John Purcell in Cashel, Co. Tipperary on Wednesday, 28 September 2022.
In the clip below, meet our Teagasc organic specialists Elaine Leavy, Joe Kelleher and Martin Bourke who outline to us what you can expect to see at the upcoming OrganicBeef22 Open Day on the farm of John Purcell in Cashel, Co. Tipperary on Wednesday, 28 September 2022
Organic farming offers farmers an alternative system of producing beef that can be profitable with environmental benefits. There is a growing demand in mainland Europe by consumers which presents a great opportunity for Irish organic farmers. However, there are also challenges and concerns such as growing grass and feed organically, converting animal housing and securing a premium market. At the open day we will be addressing these concerns.
What else can you expect to see?
Growing grass without chemical fertiliser can be a challenge. At the open day, find out how red clover, white clover and multi species swards can play a huge role in overcoming this challenge. Experts will be on hand to explain about animal health issues, how to convert animal housing and a soil health village which will focus on the importance of healthy soils in organic systems. We will look at growing your own feed on farm, the importance of farmland habitats and biodiversity and a live compost turning demonstration. We will focus on how zero concentrate finishing systems can play a major role in improving your profitability.
Schemes and supports
The newly launching organic farming scheme offers farmers significantly enhanced financial rewards for farming organically. Our indoor village will offer farmers an opportunity to learn about the many financial supports available to organic farmers. Service providers will be on hand to explain the educational opportunities for organic farmers and organic certification bodies will explain the certification process.
Don't miss the open forum where industry leaders will look at what Ireland needs to do to hit its organic target and the implications of this across the supply chain. This event is jointly organised by Teagasc, Bord Bia and Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
For more information about the Teagasc Organics Programme please visit www.teagasc.ie/organics
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