Irish organic dairy case study

Country: Ireland

Topic: Grow the organic dairy farming sector in Ireland

Description: Irish government has committed to increase organic production in Ireland from 2% to 7.5% of utilisable agricultural area by 2027. Dairy farms account for approximately 20% of agricultural land use and approximately 15% of national GHG emissions in 2020. The Irish organic dairy sector accounts for less than 1% of the total milk volume produced in the country, with only a smaller number of suppliers. Of approx. 15,300 Irish dairy farmers only 100 are organic or in conversion. Understanding why the Irish dairy sector has been slow to transition is critical for meeting the 7.5% organic target by 2027.

Main actors involved: Teagasc Organic Farm Advisors, National Organic Training Skillnet, Department of Agriculture,

Food and the Marine (DAFM) Organic Unit, Organic Trust, Irish Organic Association, value chain actors, The Organic College, Individual organic dairy producers.

Objective: Grow the organic dairy farming sector in Ireland

Sustainable practices: Replace artificial fertilizer use with good clover swards, crop rotation, and targeted use of farmyard manure and slurry. animals must have access to a bedded/lying area. Animal health plan prepared by a veterinary surgeon.

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