'More farmers would go organic if they knew what's involved'
Mixed farming is proving a recipe for success for Mark Harold-Barry who farms at Cordangan, just outside Tipperary town.
He has been farming for over 20 years and converted to organic production with IOFGA 15 years ago.
He is the current poster boy for Aldi, as his photo appears on the packaging for their organic mince beef range.
"It does cause a bit of a stir locally when someone recognises that it is me on the label, but it is also a good discussion point on what organic farming is all about," he says.
"People are keen to find out more information about the production methods and what differentiates it.
"I always get the feeling that if more farmers knew exactly what organic farming consisted of then more of them would be organic farmers."
Mark runs a mixed enterprise based on a suckler herd which he combines with growing organic oats, the bulk of which he supplies to Flahavan's, which has a high demand for quality organic oats.
"I usually hold a small amount back to feed to the calves when they are being weaned to help get them adjusted to a new diet. The finishing cattle might also get a little during the winter months. They are predominantly finished off red clover silage grown here on the farm," he says.