Worth over €30bn

Irish Examiner - Farming - - COVER STORY -

Or­ganic dairy might suit suck­ler farm­ers con­vert­ing more than con­ven­tional dairy farm­ers, due to hous­ing re­quire­ments.

Tillage: there is a strong oats mar­ket, with Fla­ha­vans pay­ing about €350 per tonne. The typ­i­cal yield is 2.25 tonnes per acre.

There is a na­tional or­ganic grain short­fall of about 9,000 tonnes per year for ru­mi­nants, which has to be im­ported. Sheep­meat: or­ganic farm­ers get €5.20 per kg. There is sig­nif­i­cant leak­age into the con­ven­tional sec­tor in ar­eas with­out lo­cal or­ganic pro­cess­ing.

The par­a­site worm load in sheep is of­ten re­duced when car­ried with cat­tle.

Farm­ing is one of the sec­tors im­pli­cated in bio­di­ver­sity loss, but even a small num­ber of or­ganic farms [es­pe­cially if they are clus­tered] can have an over­all very pos­i­tive im­pact on bio­di­ver­sity in a re­gion.

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