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Growing Organics Suckler Farm Walk Co.Mayo

12 July 2023
Type Booklet

The Dixons began looking at organic farming, as an option in 2010. The high costs associated with conventional farming had become prohibitive. After careful consideration, the decision was made to take the organic option. In 2010, the farm entered conversion to organic production and full organic status was achieved in May 2012.

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On the farm today there is a suckler enterprise of 15 spring calving suckler cow’s. All progeny along with 10-15 weanlings purchased annually, are finished of red clover silage, with no concentrates fed in the finishing phase.

The holding is made up of two blocks of land, one home farm block of 26.54 hectares and 17.15 hectares in an out farm at Ballyglass, Claremorris with a grand total of 43.69 hectares of permanent pasture. In 2023, 4.85 hectares of red clover silage was made, 4.85 hectares of hay and 6.5 hectares of grass silage was saved for winter feed.