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Organic Events

Teagasc organics advisors organise a number of activities and events throughout the year. These include:

  • Farm walks in association with Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine and organic organisations
  • 25 hour training course
  • Open days
  • Webinars.

More information on these events outlined below.

Find some advice on the Steps to Organic conversion here

Upcoming events 


Training Course - 25 hour Level 5 QQI Organic Farming Principles Course

Organic Farming Principles Courses available in May/June in the following locations:

Manorhamilton 

To book the course below please click on this link

Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim

Day 1 June 11th via Zoom 10am to 1pm
Day 2 June 12th Manorhamilton Office and Farm visit
Day 3 June 18th via Zoom  10am to 1pm
Day 4 June 19th via Zoom 10am to 1pm
Day 5 June 25th Manorhamilton Office and Farm Visit


Upcoming Organic Farm Walk

Wednesday, 12 June  |  2pm  |  Cavan

Farm of Daphne & Jane Shackleton, Lakeview Organic Farm, Mullagh, Co. Cavan. Eircode: A82 CD99.

Join us on Wednesday, 12 June at 2pm for an Organic Farm Walk on the farm of Daphne & Jane Shackleton, Lakeview Organic Farm, Mullagh, Co. Cavan, A82 CD99.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Animal health and housing
  • Multi species swards & red clover
  • Biodiversity
  • Forestry and Agroforestry


Growing Organics Farm Walks

The ‘Growing Organics’ Programme is a five year programme led by Teagasc, and will promote the adoption of best practice at farm level to increase the future viability and sustainability of the Irish organic sector. The results from the activities on the demonstration farms will be made available to all farmers and researchers to significantly improve the data available on different aspects of organic farming.

Organic demonstration farms have been selected throughout the country to illustrate best practice and monitor key financial and environmental metrics. Providing up to date technical advice to organic farmers is a key objective of the National Organic Strategy 2019-2025.


Upcoming Growing Organics Farm Walks

Click on the links below to find out more about the upcoming Growing Organics Farm Walks


John Hamilton, Tonyhabboc, Newtowncunningham, Co. Donegal

Thursday, 27th June | 2pm

Join us on Thursday, 27th June at 2pm for an Organic Suckler Beef, Sheep & Tillage Farm Walk on the farm of John Hamilton, Tonyhabboc, Newtowncunningham, Co. Donegal (The Outfarm). Eircode: F93 C598.

Click here to register for the event! 

About the Farm

John runs a mixed farming enterprise, with a mix of Sucklers, Mid-season lambing flock of ewes and a Tillage enterprise.

There is a herd of 20 suckler cows on the farm with all cattle brought through to finish and sold to Goodherdsman.

The sheep flock consists of 50 ewes with a scanning rate of approximately 1.8 lambs per ewe. All lambs are finished on farm.

The tillage enterprise consists of mixed cropping/combi crop, arable silage and also a pea bean mix which is being trialled on the farm for 2024.

John places a big emphasis on making good quality silage through the use of red clover, and focuses on having a good rotation plan for the tillage and grassland system for the management of weeds, plant pests and soil fertility. As part of the rotation on the farm a forage rape is established with the aim of managing weeds/rushes. The aim for 2024 is to incorporate a multispecies sward mix into the rotation also.

Discussions on the day will include:

  • John's farming system
  • Growing your own feed- combi crop
  • Feed value/sourcing high quality protein feed in Organics
  • Red Clover
  • Forage rape


Joe Nolan, Fenagh, Co. Carlow

Wednesday, 17th July | 11am

Join us on Wednesday, 17th July at 11am for a Growing Organics Farm Walk on the farm of Joe Nolan, Fenagh, Co Carlow.

More information to follow 


John O'Hanlon, Ballymahon, Co. Longford

Tuesday, 24th September | 2pm

Join us on Tuesday, 24th September at 2pm for a Growing Organics Farm Walk on the farm of John O'Hanlon, Tipper, Ballymahon, Co. Longford.

More information to follow


Previous Webinars

View previous webinars on a range of organic topics and issues

Spring 2024 Webinars

The Teagasc Organics team hosted two webinars this spring on:

  • Establishment Methods for Red Clover
  • Experiences with cover crops for field-scale organic vegetable production

Watch them back below


Establishment Methods for Red Clover 

Wednesday, 7th February | 7pm

Elaine Leavy, Teagasc Organics Specialist hosted a webinar on Wednesday, 7th February which looked at establishment methods for red clover. Elaine was joined by Cathal McCauley, Specialised Organic Advisor, Teagasc; Lisa McGrane, Teagasc and Michael Egan, Teagasc Researcher.

Cathal provided an overview of Michael Edgeworth, organic farmer from County Leitrim's farm. Michael and Ann converted to organic farming just over a year ago. In June 2023, they decided to try three different ways of establishing red clover on their farm - Direct drill; power harrow; and plough. Cathal caught up with Michael to get an insight into how they got on with each establishment technique.

Lisa McGrane provided an overview of her recently completed PhD which looked at the addition of clover or herbs to a perennial ryegrass sward: effects on animal and sward performance. Lisa gave an insight into part of her research on the various establishment methods for red clover.

Michael Egan provided an overview of the role of red clover silage and gave an insight into research being carried out in Teagasc.

Watch webinar recording below


Experiences with cover crops for field-scale organic vegetable production

Wednesday, 6th March | 7pm

Elaine Leavy, Teagasc Organics Specialist hosted a webinar on Wednesday, 6th March which looked at experiences with cover crops for field-scale organic vegetable production. Elaine was joined by William Deasy, Specialised Vegetable Advisor, Teagasc and Christoffel den Herder, Senior Advisor Organic Vegetable Growing – CERES Horti Advice.

The webinar was aimed at horticultural growers and farmers who are interested in learning more about commercial organic horticulture.

Christoffel den Herder provided an insight into the reasons for growing cover crops including benefits and challenges; selecting and integrating cover crops into organic vegetable rotations; and practical experiences with establishment and management including destruction for following crops.

Watch webinar recording below


Previous Farm Walks


Organic Beef Open Day

Teagasc, Bord Bia and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) jointly organised a National Organic Beef Open Day on the farm of John Purcell, Ross, Golden, Cashel, Co. Tipperary on Wednesday, 28th September 2022.

The open day was aimed at providing up to date best practice for existing organic farmers and also will aim at providing an insight into organic farming methods for those farmers contemplating converting their farms.

John took over the running of the farm from his late father Michael Purcell in 1997. The farm had always been associated with a livestock enterprise and in 1998, John converted the farm to organic and continued with the beef model. The overall farm operation of 950 acres consists of owned and leased land and all together produces over 1000 finished beef cattle per annum for the market.

The farm walk is on a block of 500 acres. The farm produces most of the winter feed for the operation and houses 600 cattle during the winter months. Combination crops and clover grass swards are grown as part of the winter-feeding system. John’s farm does not exclusively focus  on beef production, he also has incorporated biodiversity corridors/habitats. He has also planted over 10,000 trees in the last three years to sequester carbon and is planning to claim carbon natural status by 2025.

 View the event booklet here (PDF)