The organic industry is thriving and demand for natural meat has continued to increase.
However, there are a few issues that organic farmers encounter and must overcome when they make the transition to organic farming.
Applying for organic certification
Before becoming recognised as organic, farmers must read through the 100 page Australian Certified Organic Standard so they have all the knowledge they need.
Once they are familiar with the material, they can then fill out their applications and prepare to be audited.
The process to change from conventional farming to organic takes a long time as all traces of chemicals must first be eliminated from the land so the products are not contaminated. The time taken can vary as farms that were more specialised and intensive will take longer to convert.
Care must be taken to consider chemical run off from adjoining properties and the use of fertilisers, seed and livestock feed.
Asking for help
It’s helpful for farmers beginning the journey towards organics to know where they can go for advice and tips.
Arcadian Organics helps its farmers throughout the three-year long process it takes to become organic, and while their farm continues to flourish.
Whether it be advice for our passionate producers about dealing with a specific pest, or tips to ensure the beef or lamb produced is consistent in quality and taste across the board, Arcadian Organics is there to assist where possible.
There are more and more developments into organic farming all the time. Farmers who utilise natural methods must keep up to date with these discoveries so they can ensure they are doing the best for the land and stock.
Since organic farmers do not use pesticides, unnecessary chemicals or medications, is it important to ensure the cows and sheep are as healthy as possible. This can be achieved using natural resources or by following sustainable methods.