New certification for grass-fed meat and dairy in Ireland

Irish beef, sheep and dairy farmers can now get certification from the Pasture-Fed Livestock Association (PFLA) for 100% grass-fed meat and dairy.

The organisation’s ‘Pasture for Life’ mark certifies production from entirely pasture-based beef, lamb and dairy farms.

Under the scheme, animals can only be fed fresh or conserved pasture, with no grains, maize or soya.

“We recognise Ireland’s ability to grow and feed fantastic grass and are keen to extend our certification service to Irish farmers and processors amid growing interest and the potential for future trade opportunities,” says Russ Carrington, PFLA general manager.

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“We are keen to link the grassland expertise in Ireland with our wealth of experience of animal, pasture and soil management and provide the opportunity for Irish farmers to engage with our thriving PFLA community.”

Assurance scheme management

The Organic Trust (OT) will oversee and deliver audits on behalf of PFLA and these can be combined with organic audits if farms are already certified with the OT.

In the UK, this process is managed by certification control body Organic Farmers & Growers.

Irish farmers interested in becoming certified can find out more on the Pasture for Life website or by calling the PFLA office on +44 (0)1285 889853.