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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 courses open days and webinars. Details of these events are outlined below.

Upcoming events - Regional Organic Meetings Autumn 2022
Previous events - Farm WalksGrowing Organics Event - RDS | Organic Beef Open Day

Find some advice on the Steps to Organic conversion here


Regional Organic Meetings Autumn 2022

The Organic Farming Scheme was officially opened for applications on October 20th and there is very strong interest from farmers regarding organic farming. Teagasc are hosting a series of organic information meetings across the country which will help farmers identify the technical changes that may have to be made to their farming systems and will also inform farmers of the steps involved in becoming a fully certified organic farmer. These events are free of charge with no pre-registration required. All are welcome.

See dates and venues below

Wednesday, 2 November  |  Meath  |  8pm

Ardboyne Hotel, Navan, Co. Meath

Thursday, 3 November  |  Leitrim  |  7:30pm

Bee park Community Centre, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim

Thursday, 3 November  |  Tipperary  |  11am

Cahir House Hotel, Cahir, Co. Tipperary

Monday, 7 November  |  Cork  |  11am

Maritime Hotel, Bantry, Co. Cork

Previous meetings 

Monday, 17 October  |  Wexford  |  8pm

Riverside Hotel, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford

Thursday, 20 October  |  Kerry  |  11am

Listowel Arms Hotel, Co. Kerry

Monday, 24 October  |  Kildare  |  8pm

Killashee House Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare

Wednesday, 26 October  |  Mayo  |  7pm

Breaffy House Hotel, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

Thursday, 27 October  |  Roscommon  |  11am

Abbey Hotel, Roscommon Town, Co. Roscommon

Friday, 28 October  |  Cavan  |  11am

Errigal Country House Hotel, Cootehill, Co. Cavan


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)


 


Previous Farm Walks


Tuesday, 19th July | 2pm

Fieldscale Vegetables, Protected Cropping, Cereals, Poultry-eggs, Direct Selling

On the farm of Rose O Sullivan & Martin Fox, Spring Cottage Organic Farm, Parke, Kinnegad, Co. Westmeath. Eircode: N91 XFW3. Click here for direction

 


Wednesday, 13th July | 2pm 

Cereals and Poultry-eggs

On the farm of Declan Houlihan, Corrigeen Organic Farm, Rathcabin, Birr, Co. Offaly. Eircode: R42 C854. Click here for directions


Wednesday, 6th July | 2pm 

Cereals

On the farm of Gavin Tully, Clonhenritte, Camolin, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. Eircode: Y21 H2R6 Click here for directions


Wednesday, 29th June | 2pm 

Poultry-eggs, Cereals, Beef Finishing

On the farm of Mark & Grainne Duffy, Clogher, Ballybay, Co. Monaghan. Eircode: A75 Y421. Click here for directions


Wednesday, 22nd June | 2pm

Beef and Direct Selling

On the farm of Clive Bright, Ardsallagh, Ballymote, Co. Sligo. 

Find out more about Clive here


Wednesday, 15th June | 2pm

Suckler to Beef and Cereals

On the farm of Donal & Frederique Keane, Camelton Stud, Summerhill, Co. Meath. Eircode: A83 TR83. 

Find out more about Donal & Frederique Keane here


Wednesday, 8th June | 2pm 

Sheep, Cereals, Beef Finishing

On the farm of Fergal Byrne, Calverstown Little, Dunlavin, Co. Kildare. Eircode: W91 X8F5. 

Find out more about Fergal here


Wednesday, 1st June | 2pm 

Suckler to Weanling and Sheep

On the farm of John Hurley, Castle Hill House, Knockalaughta, Ballintubber, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon. Eircode: F45 FT65. 

Find out more about John here


Wednesday, 11th May | 12pm

Cereals and Milling flour

On the farm of Andrew & Leonie Workman, Dunany Flour Organic, Drogheda, Co. Louth. 

Find out more about Andrew & Leonie here


Wednesday, 20th April | 12pm 

Cereals and Sheep

On the farm of Ross & Amy Jackson, Lacka, Carrig, Birr, Co. Tipperary.  

Find out more about Ross & Amy here


Wednesday, 30th March | 12pm

Hill Sheep, Agri - Tourism

On the farm of Brigid O'Connor, Tralee, Co. Kerry.  

Find out more about Brigid here


Wednesday, 2nd March | 12pm

Organic Dairy Farm Walk

On the farm of Seamus Howard, Ennis, Co. Clare

Find out more about Seamus here


Previous Let's Talk Organics Webinars


Wednesday, 30 March | 7:30pm

Direct Selling of Organic Produce 

On Wednesday, 30th March, Joe Kelleher, Teagasc Organic Specialist hosted the sixth in a series of Organic Webinars which explored the direct selling of organic produce. Joe was joined by Barry Caslin, Rural Development Specialist, Teagasc; Ollie & Esther O’Brien, Cúlbhac Farm, Newport, Co. Tipperary; and Clive Bright, Rare Ruminare, Ballymote, Co. Sligo.

Topics covered on the night included:

  • Supporting Direct Selling of Organic Produce (PDF)
    Barry Caslin, Rural Development Specialist, Teagasc
  • Direct selling organic eggs and beef
    Ollie & Esther O’Brien, Cúlbhac Farm, Newport, Co. Tipperary
  • Direct selling organic beef
    Clive Bright, Rare Ruminare, Ballymote, Co. Sligo

Watch webinar recording below


Wednesday, 23 February | 7:30pm

Applying for the 2022 Organic Farming Scheme 

On Wednesday, 23 February, Glen Corbett, Teagasc Advisor hosted the fifth in a series of Autumn Organic Webinars which gave an insight into applying for the 2022 Organic Farming Scheme. Glenn was joined by Kevin Mc Geever, Organic Unit, Department of Agriculture Food & the Marine (DAFM); Elaine Leavy and Joe Kelleher, Teagasc Organic Specialists.

View presentations below

Watch webinar recording below


Local webinars - Is organic farming an option for your farm?

These webinars will take place as follows: 


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

The next course will take place from February 22nd to March 8th. More information on the course and how to register is available here