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1 Profitability of Organic Farming Systems Mr. James McDonnell, Teagasc Teagasc National Organic Conference 2009

2 Outline Conventional v Organic Sources of financial information NFS EPM Teagasc Budgets Beef production Rearing systems Non breeding/ other systems Dairy production Tillage production

3 Conventional v Organic Why? Government 5% target Source of new organic participants Organic farming systems Are they difficult to manage? Do they have lower cost of production? Are they more profitable? How profitable are conventional systems?

4 Why is Profit important? The business needs profit to… Pay the manager/ investor ( i.e. YOU) Reinvest in new business assets so that the business will grow and generate more profit (building up cash is also reinvesting) Pay back lenders the principal that was borrowed to get the business to its current state

5 Cattle Systems in Ireland Cattle rearing systems Non Breeding / other systems

6 €420 / ha difference

7 €501 / ha difference

8 €100 / ha difference Beef Systems

9 TargetRangeNFS 2007 Physical Farm Size ha Stocking Rate LU/ha1.3 – Financial €/ha Gross Output Value Variable Costs Gross Margin Fixed Costs Net Profit excl. Premia Total Premia*> Organic EPM Results v NFS 2007

10 Organic Dairy Farming Comparison with Conventional Winter Milk E profit monitor results 2008

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12 Winter Milk EPM V Organic EPM (Net Margin / Ha)

13 Winter Milk EPM v Organic EPM (Net Margin / Cow)

14 Organic Tillage Suits mixed farms 2 operations on most farms Good margins Crop rotation critical

15 Organic Tillage DescriptionProduction Levels Yield - tonnes/hectare (t/ac)4.0(1.6)5(2) Output at €350 per tonne Material Inputs €/ha Seed €930/tonne)205 Lime20 Machinery hire €/ha total Organic Scheme payment up to 55 ha *106 Gross Margin per ha (excl SFP)

16 Conventional Tillage Preliminary results Gross margin over materials (seed, spray, fertiliser etc) Winter Barley G.M/Ha€686 Winter Wheat G.M/Ha€710 Machinery costs average €

17 Take Home Messages Beef Huge variations in performance Organics more profitable Milk attractive up to 1.7L.U. per ha Tillage Excellent margins

18 Thank you for your attention


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