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Drumshanbo Organic Sale 

May 30th starting 12 midday!
There will also be 20 non-registered Galway X hoggets for sale on the day
Transport arranged nationwide for buyers.
Cattle to be pre-booked with IOFGA or Organic Trust
Contact Drumshanbo Mart 071 96 41116

Fracking now banned in Leitrim

Policy 129 It is the policy of the Council to apply the precautionary principle to Unconventional Oil/Gas Exploration and Extraction (UGEE) projects/operations proposed within the county. Given the scientific evidence, and personal testimonies, of the risks of UGEE projects/operations and with the objective of avoiding the risk of serious danger to human health or the environment, it is therefore the policy of Leitrim County Council that UGEE projects/operations shall not be permitted within the County of Leitrim.

Shale Gas Fund Raising Event..

An evening of Blue Grass Music is to be held at Cryans Bar, on Easter Monday, at 9.30pm, organised by Uisce Domhain Ltd, one of the local campaign groups who are working to prevent shale gas extraction by fracking, in our region, and in Ireland. Admission is free, a collection will be made, and there will be a raffle.


Agrocology: How to make the very best of Europe’s CAP

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Responsible Tourism in Destinations Conference
and 2015 Irish Responsible Tourism Awards Ceremony

Wednesday 11th March 2015
Radisson Blu Hotel, Dublin 2

The conference will run from 9.15am to 6pm with the 2015 Irish Responsible Tourism Awards taking place from 7-8.30pm following a drinks reception.

This full-day conference will offer insightful perspectives into ways we can achieve change in destinations, communities, businesses, visitors and consumers through a responsible tourism approach – including creating competitive marketing advantage, contributing to conservation, destination development, enhancing communities and more.
Speakers include:
Manda Brookman – Cornwall Sustainable Tourism Project – CoaST, Siobhán Burke – Living the Sheep’s Head Way, Bernadette Connaghan – Mulranny Hotel, Chris Corlett – Department of Arts Heritage & Gaeltacht, Silva Dorang – Aviva Stadium, Annabel Fitzgerald – Coastal Programmes Manager, An Taisce, Dr. Xavier Font – Leeds Metropolitan University, International Centre for Responsible Tourism, Rina Garret – Erris Tourism/Erris Beo, Eugene Garrihy – Dublin Bay Cruises/Doolin Ferry, Roisin Ni Ghairbhith – Green Schools Travel Officer, Carol Gleeson – Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark, Professor Harold Goodwin – Manchester Metropolitan University and International Centre for Responsible Tourism, Joanna Hayes – Cavan County Tourism Officer (This is Cavan!), Paddy Mathews – Brand Experience Manager, Fáilte Ireland, Cillian Murphy – Chairperson, Loop Head Tourism, Mary Mulvey – Ecotourism Ireland, Richard Tyler – Sustainable Tourism Manager, Brecon Beacons National Park, Caroline Warburton – The Scottish Tourism Alliance, Wild Scotland.

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Courses available in the coming weeks at Leitrim Development Company

Refresher (FETAC) Occupational First Aid Course

Monday, 23rd February 2015
Course Fee:  €70.00 – 9.30 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.

Manual Handling Course

Thursday, 5th March 2015
Course Fee:  €40.00 – 9.30 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.

Health & Safety in Work Place Awareness Training

Thursday, 5th March 2015
Course Fee:  €40.00 – 2.00 – 5.30 p.m.

3 Day FETAC (QQI) Occupational First Aid Course

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 11th, 12th, 13th March 2015
Course Fee:  €170.00 per person

All of the above courses will be held at

Leitrim Development Company,
Church Street, Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim

Booking forms and further information are available by contacting Kathleen: on 071/9641770 or by email at:

A deposit to secure your place is essential – places limited.


Leitrim Organic Farmers Autumn/Winter Newsletter

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Organic Autumn Winter 2014


Success of beef talks shows need for improved communications across the beef supply chain – Doyle

Measures agreed by both parties are sensible and pragmatic

Fine Gael TD for Wicklow/East Carlow, Andrew Doyle, has said that the success of beef talks highlights the importance of the beef forum for helping to achieve agreement between beef producers and suppliers.

“After what has been an extremely challenging year for beef farmers and for the wider industry, I am pleased and relieved that we have a resolution which is agreeable to all sides. With this issue now resolved, the challenge to all in the beef sector is to avoid a repeat of the standoff we have seen in recent weeks and months. We have developed an extremely high quality beef sector which is internationally renowned and upon which tens of thousands of people rely for their livelihood. We must avoid going down this road again.

“In this respect, producers and the industry need to maintain closer contact and the beef forum provides the ideal vehicle for improved communications across the supply chain. The key lesson from all of this is that dialogue is the way forward.

“I particularly welcome Minister Coveney’s insistence that we need to improve the bargaining power of beef producers. The introduction of producer organisations will go a long way in this regard.

“The measures agreed by both parties are sensible and pragmatic. I welcome that there will be no price penalties based on weight until the end of 2015 and that, in relation to the Quality Payment System, there will be no dual base pricing for breed, age or weight. The price incentive agreed for all steers and heifers from Quality Assured farms with effect from 1st January 2015 is, I believe, a positive result for beef farmers.

“I commend Minister Coveney for the manner in which he has overseen a positive outcome for what had been an extremely challenging time for the beef industry.”

Organic Payment Rates Increase Under New Rural Development Programme

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Organic Demonstration Farm Walks 2014 – 2015

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Organic Demo Farm Walks 2014-2015


Recent documentary on Gas Shale Fracking

With Laurence Lee from Al Jazeera Television, John Brennan Manager of Leitrim Organic Farmers and Tommy Earley Chairman of Leitrim Organic Farmers on Tommy Earley’s Organic Farm, Mount Allen outside Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim Click on link below to view video

Farm Open Days

Click on link below Spring Open days 2014 Social Farming Training Click on link below Social Farming Training Organic Calves Urgently Needed Under 8mth. old organic calves Top prices quoted Please contact Good Herdsmen on  052-74-45500/ 086-2535187   PROTOCOL FOR BOOKING STOCK INTO ORGANIC MARTS Operators must book in stock they wish to sell at organic marts with IOFGA at the latest 48 hours before the commencement of the mart by telephoning 090 64 33680 The following information is required to be given to IOFGA at the time of booking in:  Name of licence holder  Address  Telephone number  Certification body (IOFGA/OT)  Licence number  Date symbol or conversion status awarded  Full tag numbers of cattle  Dates of birth of animals  Sex of animals  Origin of stock – born on own holding or bought in and if bought in original owners name and licence number  Breed  If stock are weaned, dehorned and castrated  Any veterinary medicines and dates administered  Do stock have a negative BVD result and supporting documentation Items which must accompany stock to the mart:  Current organic licence for each animal or group of animals for sale  Completed and signed sales declaration sheet for each animal or group of animals for sale  Completed and signed sales declaration sheet and licence/cert from all previous owners in the case of bought in animals.  BVD negative status and supporting documents Failure to pre book stock with IOFGA or to bring the documents listed above may result in stock not being permitted for sale   Social Farming Across Borders Newsletter Click on link below Social farming