Non-Standard Approaches to Dairy - Size Doesn't Matter! - 9th August - 10am - 4pm
This exchange will focus on a more-traditional, back-to-basics look at dairy farming, and will feature a small dairy farm, and how they have added value to their limited milk pool. The exchange will feature a demonstration on how some of the traditional dairy products we know are made - such as raw milk and butter. The exchange will be led by Mimi Crawford of Crawford's Farm and will also discuss how farmers can best utilise dairy products - not just by milking cows. A focus on emergent hero crops for fodder, soil health - as exemplified in Model Plot by Deirdre O’Mahony - will be a focus of this exchange.
Artist: Deirdre O'Mahony
Mimi Crawford operates Crawford's Farm with her husband Owen. Theirs is a small traditional Irish working farm, comprising 28 acres in Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary. Here, the husband and wife duo farm cattle, poultry and pigs. The idea for their farm business stemmed from the combination of local demand and a desire to produce as much of their own food as possible. The Crawford's philosophy to run create an economically viable, holistic farm that can provide the best organic, unprocessed foods integrating environmental stewardship with humane animal husbandry to produce healthy soil and pastures is reflected in their food production efforts and Agricultural practices on their Organic Trust certified farm. The heart of the farm focuses on the micro-dairy, with pedigree Irish Shorthorn cows dominating the pastures, mainly because they are traditional, hardy and docile. Aside from their unique farming practices, their strong commitment to nature and the environment make the Crawford’s stand apart. Their traditional working farm incorporates a modern-day approach that works in harmony with nature.