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Event: Conifer (First and Subsequent) Thinning Event

Tuesday 20 October 2015 at 11am in Kilbrin, Co Cork.

Teagasc and the Forest Service are organising a conifer thinning event in Kilbrin, Kanturk, Co Cork on a first and second thinning site, to take place on Tuesday 20 October 2015.

This event will highlight Teagasc conifer research and will provide forest owners with valuable practical information on the reasons for, and timing of, thinning a Sitka spruce crop and how different thinning regimes can impact on crop development and profitability potential.

Many farm forests planted in the early to mid-nineties now require thinning. Thinning is a time-critical forestry operation to improve the quality and value of the timber crop and to maintain good forest health. Thinning intensity and the resulting timber assortments can have a huge impact on profitability.

This is a great opportunity for forest owners to learn about the latest thinning research and how to get the best out of their own forests. It is an essential event for forest owners whose crops are approaching first thinning stage or are at subsequent thinning stages.  


While there will an emphasis on how different thinning regimes can impact on crop development, the open day will also highlight timber assortments and their overall effect on the profitability of thinning operations and road construction.  

The crop has been thinned using a range of different regimes assessing the impact before and after the operation. The focus of the thinning trials is to observe the effect of different thinning intensities on the growth and development of the crop, and to identify the most suitable regimes to maximise the production of valuable sawlog material in the shortest possible time, while maintaining crop stability and sustainability.

Venue details

The event will take place on Tuesday 20 October 2015 at 11am in Kilbrin, Co Cork. The event will start at 11.00 am sharp and the event circuit will take approx. 2.5 hours to complete.

The venue will be signposted from Kanturk, Co Cork. Kilbrin is located off the R580 between Kanturk and Castlecor. Garmin Loc8 code: QP3-40-2KJ.

The co-operation of the landowner and The Forestry Company are gratefully acknowledged. This is an outdoor event so it is advisable to bring appropriate raingear and footwear. All are welcome and the event is free.

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