Ireland to establish 7 organic demonstration farms

February 13, 2004, (Press release: Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, Ireland): Mr. Noel Treacy, Minister of State at the Irish Department of Agriculture and Food, today announced that he had approved seven organic demonstration farms in line with a recommendation from the National Steering Group for the Organic Sector. The farms are being established initially on a pilot basis for one year and have been selected to demonstrate a variety of organic farming methods.

“This is a positive development for the organic sector as these farms will provide an opportunity for both existing and potential organic operators to visit first-class facilities and see production and management techniques at first hand,” said Minister Treacy.

The approval of demonstration farms is in response to a recommendation contained in the Report of the Organic Development Committee, presented to the Minister in April 2002. The selected farmers will get an annual payment for facilitating a number of focus visits/farm walks, in 2004. They will also participate in the Teagasc National Farm Survey and the Teagasc Monitor Farm Network, thus providing valuable financial and practical production data for the ongoing development of the sector.

Over 60 organic farmers applied for demonstration status. The following are the farms selected:

  • Mr. Peter D Quinn, Castleruddery, Donard, Co Wicklow - Horticulture
  • Mr. David Notley, Aughamore Organic Farm, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim - Mixed Farming
  • Mr. Ernest Mackey, Ballinclea, Donard, Co Wicklow - Mixed Farming
  • Mr. James Mulhall, Coolanowle, Ballickmoyler, Co Carlow - Mixed Farming
  • Mr. & Mrs. Fintan & Valerie Rice, Everardsgrange, Fethard, Co Tipperary - Dairying
  • Mr. Stuart Kingston, Forrest House, Farnanes, Co Cork - Tillage
  • Mr. & Mrs. Ben & Charlotte Colchester, Drumeen, The Islands, Urlingford, Co Kilkenny - Poultry