Season 3: Making an organic suckler system work for you
Organic Matters
by Irish Organic Association
1w ago
This week, we meet Sligo based suckler farmer Niall Higgins. Niall farms in partnership with his father. They keep a herd of 25 suckler cows and sell young animals at the weanling and yearling stage at their local organic mart. He talks about how straight forward the switch has been, stock and grassland management in organics and why preventative health management has saved them time and money ..read more
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Season 3: Catching up with a trial growing lupins
Organic Matters
by Irish Organic Association
3w ago
This week, we catch up with tillage and beef farmer Derek Kelly. Derek is running a trial growing lupins - a potentially important protein crop for the Irish organic market. Ground conditions have delayed planting but Derek explains how he got them eventually into the ground. He speaks about varieties, ground preparation, seeding rates, and mitigating weed burden as well as touching on his experience with other crops on the farm and his finishing cattle ..read more
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Season 3: Tillage farm growing gluten free oats, miscanthus and installing solar panels
Organic Matters
by Irish Organic Association
1M ago
This week, Organic Matters meets James and Zeta O'Keeffe on their organic tillage farm in Co Meath. Zeta recently completed a course that has lead the couple to try growing organic gluten free oats for the first time. They also grow miscanthus for animal bedding, a range of crops for organic animal feed and have installed a large solar panel system ..read more
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Season 3: Suckler farm switching to organics
Organic Matters
by Irish Organic Association
1M ago
This week on Organic Matters, we speak to Helen Hughes who farms in Co Meath with her husband and mother. Helen works off farm in the building sector but runs the family suckler farm and has recently switched to organics. She speaks about why she made the switch and what the conversion process has been like. She also discusses management decisions such as changing to a Hereford stock bull and her plans to incorporate clover in the swards ..read more
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Season 3: Building an organic egg business
Organic Matters
by Irish Organic Association
2M ago
This week on Organic Matters, we meet Monaghan farmer Gordon McCoy. Gordon farms on the border and was originally a carpenter by trade but wanted to return full-time to the farm. He considered organic dairy but decided to pursue organic egg production and now manages over 10,000 organic laying hens. He talks about the use of organic feed, and spacious housing for the hens when they are not outside as well as some of the opportunities and challenges of organic egg production. Gordon also touches on other enterprises on the farm including organic cereals and beef and sheep ..read more
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Season 3: Starting an organic flour mill as a farmer
Organic Matters
by Irish Organic Association
2M ago
This week on Organic Matters, we hear from Monaghan farmer Turlough Keenan. Turlough was previously a beef farmer but transitioned to organic tillage. Since then, he has been on a journey to create his own on-farm mill to produce flour from a range of heritage wheat varieties for artisan bakeries. He speaks to Hannah Quinn-Mulligan about the story so far including his experience of organic tillage, the ins and outs of milling grain and the opportunities open to other farmers ..read more
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Season 3: Mastering the composting of farmyard manure
Organic Matters
by Irish Organic Association
3M ago
This week on Organic Matters, we speak to organic farmer Gerry Deegan from Co. Westmeath. Previously an organic dairy farmer, Gerry changed his system to forestry and beef some years ago. During the transition, he became obsessed with manure and even had a custom-built machine made to turn farmyard manure into compost. He speaks about the importance of high-quality manure on a farm ..read more
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Season 3: Plans to use lupins as cattle feed and other organic tillage
Organic Matters
by Irish Organic Association
3M ago
Kicking off the first episode of Season 3 of our Organic Matters podcast, we speak to organic tillage and beef farmer Derek Kelly. Derek discusses growing several different crops, including rye and, wheat and peas in combination, as well as finishing organic cattle. He also shares his plans to try growing lupins as an organic protein crop to feed his cattle ..read more
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Season 2: From conventional dairy farmer to organic Wagyu beef entrepreneur
Organic Matters
by Irish Organic Association
6M ago
In the final instalment of Organic Matters for this season, we speak to Cork organic farmer Conor Sheahan. Conor talks about the tough decision to stop dairy farming in 2018 and focus on maximising profit from the beef side of his business. This involved switching to organic and putting more emphasis on direct selling of Wagyu beef. The Wagyu is a breed that originally hails from Japan but Conor has made a market out of breeding, rearing and selling Wagyu beef directly to customers. The Irish Organic Association would like to thank all our listeners for tuning into the Organic Matters podcast ..read more
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Season 2: Direct selling organic dexter beef and working with other organic farmers
Organic Matters
by Irish Organic Association
7M ago
This week on Organic Matters, we speak to Emer Fahy and Niall Moynihan from Duhallow Organics who sell all their organic meat directly nationwide. Dexter calves are born on the farm, with Emer and Niall working closely with neighbouring organic farms to rear and finish their animals off grass. As well as the organic Dexters, the couple are currently trying to relaunch their organic poultry business and renovate an old property. They speak to our presenter Hannah Quinn-Mulligan about the ups and downs of their organic business ..read more
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