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Virtual Talking Timber 2021

Talking Timber 2021 – Teagasc's annual timber marketing event aims to support forest owners in harvesting their conifer forests. In its ninth year, this year’s theme was "The Business of Forestry: how to sell timber". This live virtual event took place on Tuesday, 15 June 2021 at 7pm.

Over 400 forest owners attended the recent Virtual Talking Timber 2021 Event. The event consisted of a mixture of short, on-site videos interspersed with live panel discussions. The forestry panel included John Casey, Teagasc, Seppi Hona, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Victor Barber and Declan McEvoy.

Viewers who attended the live broadcast had the opportunity to ask questions during a live Q&A session. Over 90 questions were received on the night from the public which allowed for abundant interaction and live discussion with the panel. Questions not answered on the night were subsequently being replied to by Teagasc.

How do you sell your timber successfully? Forestry personnel from Teagasc and the Forestry Division of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) together with a forest owner and a forestry consultant discussed timber harvesting.

The event focused primarily on second and third thinning and the market requirements for quality timber and best monetary return to the owner. Financial and taxation issues in relation to timber sales were discussed by IFAC.

The event was chaired by Nuala Ni Fhlatharta, Head of Teagasc Forestry Department.


    • 03:01 - Thinning and selling my timber, a forest owner's experience - Tim Reddin
    • 17:23 - How to sell timber, a harvesting forester's perspective - Victor Barber, Western Forestry Co-op
    • 33:07 - Timber sales and taxation - Declan McEvoy, IFAC
    • 45:01 - Q&A session
    • 56:54 - Tim Reddin's take-home message

Watch webinar recording below

Nuala said “that the Talking Timber event provided a great opportunity to facilitate the marketing of conifer timber in a clear and concise manner using this communication platform and I believe many owners will have learned quite a lot from the occasion”. The event has received many positive accolades both from forest owners and the forest industry. Nuala also would also like to thank all that made this event possible including forest owners, representatives from the forest industry and Teagasc staff. 

Find out more from the Teagasc Forestry team here