Teagasc Forestry at the Tullamore Show
If you think the Tullamore Show is just cows and tractors, then think again!
The Tullamore Show is Ireland's largest one day agricultural event. Every year, it attracts the best cattle, sheep, and equine breeders from all over the country, alongside entrants for its other 1000-plus competitions with a total prize-fund of €168,000. It is Ireland's largest one-day show, averaging 60,000 visitors in recent years.
As always, this year, there will also a be a host of other attractions for all the family, including a country music jamboree; a range of demonstrations; fashion shows; a vintage car and machinery display; a rare animal breeds’ corner alongside 700 trade stands.
If you think it is just cows and tractors, then think again! What Tullamore Show does offer is an eclectic mix of the expected and unexpected which enthrals the thousands who flock to the Tullamore Show year after year.
One of these unexpected gems you definitely don’t want to miss is the Forestry and Sustainable Living section. Organised by Teagasc’s Forestry Development Department, this section is composed of an indoor information marquee and a large outdoor trade stand section. It will showcase all facets of Ireland’s rapidly developing farm forestry and renewable energy sectors. Many organisations and companies will be present this year; ranging from tree nurseries, forestry consultants and companies, state agencies, to firewood processors and other hi-tech machines.
As the private forest industry continues to develop, it contributes more and more to our rural economy. The opportunities provided by a farm forest enterprise to enhance family farm income particularly through new afforestation, timber sales and wood energy will be highlighted at the Tullamore Show. There will be a big emphasis on promoting the current attractive Forestry Programme 2014 – 2020 this year.
Many forestry consultants and companies will be attending this year’s show. All farmers and landowners considering forestry or who are at the thinning stage will find comprehensive, practical and sound financial advice from Teagasc and other forestry organisations.
The Forestry and Sustainable Living Section will also focus on different types of renewable energy showcasing solar panels, boiler systems and efficient firewood stoves.
A visit to the Forestry and Energy Section in Tullamore provides an excellent opportunity to meet key players from the forestry sector. With all aspects of the forest industry covered, this is a great opportunity to avail of free, comprehensive and up to date information on forestry and renewable energy.
For further information, please contact Liam Kelly, Teagasc Forestry Development Officer 087 9090495.