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Diary date: Talking Timber 2024

Diary date: Talking Timber 2024

Talking Timber, Teagasc’s popular timber marketing event on the forestry calendar, is heading for Tipperary on 14th March. Teagasc Forestry Advisor, Michael Somers tells us more.

Teagasc's Forestry Development Department, in association with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and Forest Industries Ireland, will hold its annual Talking Timber conifer timber marketing event on 14th March 2024 in the Great National Ballykisteen Golf Hotel, Limerick Junction, Co. Tipperary. This year’s event will focus on building awareness of the timber products and economic returns that forest owners can realise from their forests.

Attendance is free but online registration is required. Register here

With many private forests on the pathway to producing high-quality, large-volume logs and many other products and services, forest owners need to know the value of this resource. Appropriate inventory and information about standing timber crops and their potential are crucial when assessing, valuing and marketing them. As with many other farm products, forest owners need to understand their forest’s unique qualities and potential. What product assortments does your forest contain? What are the respective volumes of construction timber, packaging, fencing material, pulpwood or indeed biomass material that can be considered in harvest planning? What is the timber worth?

A presentation from the Talking Timber event

Talking Timber 2024 will feature short conference-style presentations from forestry experts

To help answer these questions, management plans and forest inventory are central to informing good forest management decision-making, leading to the supply of what the market and society demand in the future as well as rewarding forest owners. Forestry is a tax-efficient land use and awareness of the financial issues around timber sales is also vital, especially as the forest develops and approaches maturity. 

Talking Timber will run from 9.30am to 2:30pm on 14th March and will include:

  • An outdoor demonstration organised by Forest Industries Ireland (FII), where attendees can view and discuss the quality of timber required by Irish sawmills. Like other farm-based products, the quality of the timber has a significant bearing on the market price offered.
  • Short conference-style presentations from forestry experts will offer perspectives, advice, and experiences of what is involved in harvesting conifers successfully. Presentations will be followed by a Q&A session.
  • Forest industry expo, representing a range of businesses, state and educational organisations, will offer valuable networking, information exchange and ‘doing business’ opportunities with forest owners.

For further information on Talking Timber 2024, contact Michael Somers, event co-ordinator, whose contact details are available here.

If you are a forest owner with timber to sell – don’t miss it!