The Irish organic sector has experienced a large influx of new farmers in recent years, with over 4,000 farmers now farming organically - including just over 2,000 who entered conversion in January 2023. A major factor distinguishing organic farming from other approaches to sustainable farming is the existence of internationally acknowledged standards and certification procedures. A two-year conversion period is required before a farm is given organic status. Organic farming can be a profitable system of farming by maintaining good output levels through the adaption of organic farming production methods, coupled with lower production costs and premium market prices contribute to higher margins.
Is Organics an option?
Steps to Organic Conversion
Schemes & Grant Aid
Frequently Asked Questions
Teagasc, Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine and organic organisations invite all farmers and members of the public to see organic farming in practice and to meet and speak with the producers and sector’s experts.
- Organic Dairy Farming Video Batt Sheehan
- Organic Dairy Farming Video The Little Milk Company
- Organic Dairy Farming Frequently Asked Questions
- Questions and Answers with Organic Farmers Ross and Amy Jackson, Co. Tipperary–Drystock and Tillage
- Questions and Answers with Organic Farmer Donal Keane, Co. Meath–Suckler to Beef and Tillage
- Questions and Answers with Organic Farmer Fergal Byrne, Co. Wicklow– Beef, sheep and cereals
- Organics – Questions and Answers with Organic Farmer John Hurley, Co. Roscommon
- Q and A with Frank O’Brien, Ballybroider, Kilbeggan Co. Westemath – organic drystock and tillage farmer
What are the markets for organic crops? Pat Booth, organic farmer in Co. Laois, is supplying barley to Waterford Distillery and oats to Flahavans.