Alongside the oats,Trevor grows organic wheat and peas. In the past he has grown beans, however, he found that it was hard to control weeds with the bean crop.
He is currently growing peas, but is not convinced he will continue to do so.
"I don't feed my animals protein, I prefer to feed wheat and oats, so therefore I am selling the peas off the farm.
"For the past two years I have sown peas in spring and have been lucky to harvest them in August.
"The main reason that I am growing them now is for a break in my rotation."
This year Trevor is trying a new venture by planting winter oilseed rape. All going well, the crop will be harvested next July.
Now entering his 14th year of organic production, Trevor is even more convinced about the benefits of organic production. "Even in a difficult year such as this, I feel confident that I am where I want to be with the organic cereals.
"They are the most profitable part of my business, but I am now turning my attention to the sheep and cattle to see where I can make improvements," he said. He has 25 cows and 30 stores and weanlings that are brought to beef.
Trevor uses AI and breeds his own replacements for the farm. The cattle are crossbred Hereford, Simmental, Charolais and Angus, while the sheep are Brown-faced Texels crossed with Belclare.
Current organic prices
In the past five years organic beef prices have only once fallen below €3.50/kg. Although 2009 and 2010 saw a significant drop, organic beef haSsmaintained, with few exceptions, an average price of over €4/kg.
Prices this year have remained stable, with reported prices this November of €4.85/kg. This year Trevor received on average €4.50/kg. For his oat crop Trevor received €400/t, a price that has remained fairly stable.
When prompted about the future, Trevor stated that he was happy with organic farming. "I could not go back to conventional production at this stage. I would be taking an income cut if I went out of organics."
With a growing demand for organic tillage crops and organic beef, the sheep are the only part of his enterprise that have proved difficult to sell this year.
Trevor has begun to sell lambs directly into a restaurant in Dublin and hopes that this will expand in future years.
"In tough years like this it helps to have a diverse range of enterprises on farm. However, it is also important to add that good farming skills are essential to be successful in organic production, particularly when the weather is against you. Let's hope 2013 is a better one."