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Organic Dairy Farm Walk - Whitty Family Farm

Event Time 11am
Venue Dunganstown, New Ross, Co. Wexford. Eircode: Y34 YK12
Organic Dairy Farm Open Day on the banks of the Barrow

Joe & Alicia Whitty have been farming organically for 14 years now, but the biggest change to their farming system came in 2015 when they converted their mixed beef/pigs and tillage operation to organic dairying. Many changes have happened on this farm over the past 14 years and the Whitty family are opening up their farm to the public on Wednesday, 3 November at 11am to tell their story.

Booking is now closed for the open day. Stay tuned to Teagasc Twitter for video updates

Agenda for the day

  • The Farming System
    Joe Kelleher with Joe & Alicia Whitty
  • Growing red and white clover on farm
    Joe Whitty
  • Update from the Teagasc Solohead research farm
    James Humphreys
  • Weed control on organic farms
  • Multi Species Swards on his farm
    Joe Whitty
  • Winter diet regime and the changes Joe had to make to his housing on converting to organics
    Elaine Leavy and Joe Whitty

About the Whitty Family Farm

The Whittys are milking 67 organic cows with all milk being supplied to Glenisk. Daughters Aoife, Niamh and Eimear all play an active role on the day to day farming activities, making this a real family farming effort.

There is a great variety of crops grown on this farm including; permanent pasture, white clover swards, red clover swards, multi species swards, combi crops and spring oats. There is also 10 acres of a designated habitat and 5 acres of forestry on the farm. On the day of the walk the Whittys will go into detail as to how they grow and manage these crops on their farm and how they are reducing their reliance on imported feed by growing such crops.

Visitors on the day will hear from the Whittys about the changes they had to make when converting their farm firstly to organic and secondly to organic dairy. They will learn how they grow such a variety of crops and how they do this without the use of chemical fertilisers. The reliance on clover will be outlined on the day along with the newly sown multi species swards.

While this is an organic event, this walk will be of interest to both organic and conventional farmers. As this is primarily an outdoor event, visitors are advised to dress accordingly.

We look forward to seeing you on the day.

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