Over 500 Forest Owners Attend Timber Marketing Events In Kilkenny and Westmeath
Teagasc, in association with the Forest Service and the Irish timber industry, held two regional timber marketing events in counties Kilkenny and Westmeath over the last few weeks. More than five hundred forest owners, with forests coming up for thinning, attended one of these two events. The forest and timber processing sector were also strongly represented at both events. More than fifty trade stands were present, facilitating forest owners who have timber for sale to make contact with timber buyers in their area.
Dr Nuala Ni Fhlatharta, Head of Teagasc’s Forestry Development Department commented on these Talking Timber events: “There is an ever increasing demand for timber from the wood processing and wood energy sectors and farm forest owners are now in a position to help fill this gap. The Talking Timber events served to increase forest owners’ awareness of the opportunities and issues surrounding the marketing and sale of timber and provided a forum for forest owners to interact with timber buyers.”
Liam Kelly, Forestry Adviser with Teagasc said: “It was very rewarding to see the great attendance at both events after all the effort that goes in to preparing events of this size. Due to the number of people attending, it was great to see forest owners queuing at trade stands to speak to timber industry representatives on options that they offered for bringing their timber from the forest to the mill.”
Michael Somers, Forestry Adviser with Teagasc added: “It’s important that forest owners understand the value of their timber, which varies based on the size, quality and species of the timber on their land. Issues such as location and distance to the market are also very important.”
Each event started with an outdoor demonstration facilitated by the Irish Forestry and Forest Products Association. The outdoor demonstration provided participants with an understanding of the quality of timber required by Irish sawmills. They also described the best way to ensure such quality. The clear, take home messages at each event was that the quality of timber has a very important bearing on the market price offered.
The outdoor sessions were followed by short, concise presentations from Teagasc, the Forest Service, the Irish Timber Growers Association, IFA and a local timber producer group. These presentations addressed the many queries that forest owners have on how to get the job done and gave forest owners a better appreciation of how the timber selling process works.
Participants also took advantage of the excellent networking opportunities at both these timber marketing events to make contact, providing a great opportunity for forest owners to engage with timber buyers in their locality.