Organic Production Systems
Organic Sheep Presentation - sheep conference 2023
On this episode of Let's Talk Organics, Elaine Leavy, Joe Kelleher and Martin Bourke, Teagasc Organic Specialists, discussed converting beef housing to meet organic standards. They were joined by Fergus Hanly and Tadhg Halpin who shared their experiences of converting beef housing to meet organic standards.
Father and daughter partnership, Tadhg & Claire Halpin farm 70Ha of free draining land in Toonagh, Tulla, in East Clare. The Halpins always had an interest in farming organically and decided that organic farming was very compatible with their existing system.
Fergus Hanly farms 30Ha of free draining land on the banks of the river Deel, he converted his farm to organic approximately 12 years ago. He operates a weanling to finishing beef system.
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Opportunities for Organic Horticultural Growers
On Wednesday, 26 January, 2022 Joe Kelleher and Elaine Leavy, Teagasc Organic Specialists hosted the fourth in a series of Autumn Organic Webinars. They were joined by Eoin Sweetman, Teagasc; Padraig Fahy, Beechlawn Organics and Gillian Westbrook, IOA to explore the opportunities available to organic horticultural growers. Organic fruit and vegetables are the main consumer entry point for purchasing organic produce, and continue to be the area of shortest supply in the organic sector, with most produce imported.
Topics covered included:
- Principles of Organic Vegetable Growing (PDF)
Eoin Sweetman, Teagasc
- My story of growing an organic horticultural business
Padraig Fahy, Beechlawn Organic Farm
- MOPS - Maximising Organic Production Systems
Gillian Westbrook, IOA
Organic Spring Oats Trial
In this video the Teagasc Organics team show us a recent trial carried out on Organic Spring Oats in Duncannon Co Wexford.
32 plots were sown, 4 reps of 8 different treatments;
- Organic Poultry Manure Pellets (1235kg/ha =0.5t/ac)
- Supersoil (250gram/ha)
- Dairy Processing Sludge (5t/ha)
- Cattle Slurry (3,000 gals/ac) (33m3 per ha)
- Seaweed Powder
- Free-range layers poultry manure (4t/ha)
Download the presentation: Martin Bourke - Organic Spring Oats Trial