Teagasc’s Forestry Development Department is running a marketing day, entitled ‘Talking Timber’ at the Mullingar Park Hotel, Mullingar on September 2 next.
The event will provide forest owners with the opportunity to meet with timber buyers, harvesting contractors and foresters as well as to find out more about the timber selling process and the
harvesting options available to them.
“The day is aimed at giving forest owners a better appreciation of how the thinning and harvesting of their forest crop can be carried effectively and profitably,” said Teagasc Advisor, Liam Kelly. “With annual timber production from the private forestry sector forecast to increase seven fold to almost three million cubic metres by 2028, there are both challenges and opportunities for forest owners to get this rapidly expanding timber resource to market.”
The event will begin with an outdoor demonstration organised by the Irish Forestry and Forest Products Association. Forest owners will have the chance to view the quality of timber required by Irish sawmills and the best way to ensure such quality. “Similar to other farm-based products, the quality of the timber has a very important bearing on the market price offered,” continued Mr Kelly. “There will also be outdoor demo that will be followed by a series of short presentations from Teagasc, the Forest
Service, the Irish Timber Growers Association indoors (ITGA) and the Irish Farmers Association (IFA).”
Proceedings kick off at the Mullingar Park Hotel at 9:30am when registration takes place and will conclude at 2pm.