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Organic Farming Research at Teagasc

Teagasc, Johnstown Castle, Co.Wexford.

Research in organic milk production is one of the activities at the Teagasc Centre, Johnstown Castle where the following areas of concern to organic grass farmers are being studied:

  1. Matching and improving grass growth to meet animal feed demand
  2. Establishing and maintaining white clover in pastures
  3. Nutrient recycling - the merits of farmyard manure versus slurry
  4. Continuous monitoring of soil fertility with phosphorous a particular concern.

For further information please contact:

Dr. Noel Culleton,
Johnstown Castle,

Tel: (053) 42888

Teagasc, Oakpark, Carlow.

Research on organic tillage is carried out at the Teagasc Centre at Oakpark, Carlow where there is an 18-hectare organic farm, which is undergoing a 7-year stockless rotation comprising:

  • Winter Wheat, Potatoes, Oats, Legumes, Spring Barley and 2 years in grass/clover.
  • Within each crop key agronomic factors such as variety, seed rate, date of sowing, weed and disease control etc. are being studied.
  • Work is also being carried out in conjunction with the Teagasc Centre, Johnstown Castle regarding the yield and quality of cereal/protein crops. This work includes comparison of cereal species and an evaluation of varieties within species.


Teagasc, Athenry, Co. Galway

The organic farm in Athenry is currently being changed into a research facility where there are dairy and suckler herds, a sheep flock and some tillage grown.

Research on the monitoring of gastro-intestinal parasites in sheep and cattle and the annual financial monitoring of organic farms is being carried out.

For further information please contact:

Mr. Ger Shortle,
Co. Galway.

Tel: (091) 845200

National Food Centre (Teagasc), Ashtown, Dublin 15

The Food Centre is involved in a project titled 'Overcoming Barriers to Conversion to Organic Farming'. The objectives of the project include:

  • Identify constraints that limit conversion to organic farming
  • Identify incentives to encourage organic farming
  • Identify markets for conversion products
  • Make recommendations re effective marketing of conversion-grade produce

This is an EU funded project and is being pursued through a study undertaken in 5 Member States i.e. Ireland, UK, Italy, Portugal and Denmark.

For further information please contact:

Mr. Cathal Cowan,
National Food Centre (Teagasc),
Dublin 15.

Tel: (01) 8059500