Making the change to organic production can be challenging, in order to help members IOA is running a Field Talk programme. This is essentially a series of events taking place on organic farms in 2015. The host farmers will discuss a range of topics and common practices in organic farming. It is a great practical way for farmers to learn from one another about technical aspects of organic farming. Due to limited places events are for members only and you must book in advance. Please see details below for dates, venues and how to book your place. All events start at 2pm.
Danny Kilcullen – Beef, tillage and sheep – June 22nd. Enniscrone, Co Sligo
Reseeding clover, fodder rape production, white and red clover, composting fym, economics of finishing animals, beef markets, cereal production and rotations.
Trevor Harris and Alan Mooney – Beef, tillage and sheep – July 21st. Naas, Co Kildare
Organic cereal varieties, NPK and fertility building for cereal production, weed management, returns on cereal crops. Red clover silage, animal health, beef breeds, use of permitted organic inputs.
John Liston – Dairy and beef – September 2nd. Croom, Co Limerick
Breeding replacements, managing herd health, grassland management, marketing options, winter milking/summer milking, calving dairy cows.
Sean Clancy – Beef – November 3rd. Cloghan, Co Offaly
Rotational grazing to reduce worm populations, requirements for winter housing, maintaining herd health in winter housing, effective DIY hoof trimming and care.
Please note that places will be limited at Field Talk events so please do book in via email in advance of the event. Email either Tricia or John at IOFGA, specifying which event you plan to attend: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or tel 090 6433680
Directions to each event will be available online at www.iofga.org and emailed to participants who have booked in.