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Talking Timber: Where Forest Owners meet Timber Buyers

Two regional Timber Marketing Days will take place during September 2013 in counties Limerick and Leitrim. The events are organised by the Teagasc Forestry Development Department, in association with the Forest Service and the Irish timber industry.

These Timber marketing events will take place on Tuesday, 10 September 2013 at the Devon Inn Hotel, Templeglantine, Co Limerick and on Thursday, 12 September 2013 at the Lough Allen Hotel & Spa, Drumshanbo, Co Leitrim. Both events will run from 10am to 2pm with registration commencing at 9.30am.

Teagasc Forestry adviser, Tom Houlihan who is organising the Limerick event provided some background “Most forest owners realise the benefits of timely thinning. However many have queries about how to get the job done. Feedback from forest owners has also highlighted the need for a suitable forum to engage with key players involved in the harvest and purchase of timber. That’s why Teagasc has organised these Timber Marketing Days to facilitate forest owners with thinnings coming up to make contact with timber buyers. The day will also give forest owners a better appreciation how the timber selling process works.”

Steven Meyen, Teagasc forestry adviser who is organising the Leitrim event explained what people can expect on the day: “The day will start with an outdoor demonstration organised by the Irish Forestry and Forest Products Association where participants will have the opportunity to view the quality of timber required by Irish sawmills and the best way to ensure such quality. This will be followed by short, snappy presentations from Teagasc, a local Harvesting Contractor, a local Forest Management Company, the Association of Irish Forestry Consultants and the Irish Timber Growers Association. Local Forest Owner Groups will also give their perspective and share their experiences.”

There will be ample networking opportunities at both timber marketing events as local companies and contractors will have a stand at these venues. This is a valuable opportunity for forest owners to meet with those buying timber in your area.

To find out more:

  • Visit www.teagasc.ie/forestry
  • Limerick event: Tom Houlihan, Teagasc +353 (0)66 7125077, +353 (0)87 6184353
  • Leitrim event: Steven Meyen, Teagasc +353 (0)74 9131189, +353 (0)87 6775158