Worth over €30bn
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.