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Talking Timber: Where Forest Owners Meet Timber Buyers

Teagasc's Forestry Development Department is running two timber marketing days “Talking Timber”, at which forest owners will have the opportunity to meet with timber buyers, harvesting contractors and foresters. These two events will take place on:

  • Tuesday, 8 September in the McWilliam Park Hotel in Claremorris, Co Mayo and
  • Tuesday, 15 September in the Mount Wolseley Hotel in Tullow, Co Carlow.

At these events, forest owners will find out how the timber sales process works and how to maximise timber value. These timber marketing events are organised by Teagasc with the co-operation of the Irish timber industry and the Forest Service in the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

Nuala Ni Fhlatharta, Head of Teagasc’s Forestry Development Department explained the timber potential in Ireland: “The annual timber production from the private forestry sector is forecast to increase sevenfold, to almost three million cubic metres by 2028. This means that there are both challenges and opportunities for forest owners to get this rapidly expanding timber resource to market.”

Noel Kennedy, Forestry Adviser with Teagasc highlighted the need for private forest owners to focus on the production of quality timber: “Supply of quality timber will be essential for the Irish timber processing industry to expand existing markets and secure additional export market share. Producing quality logs is achieved through a range of measures from forest establishment through to final harvesting.”

Frances McHugh, Forestry Adviser with Teagasc explained what forest owners can expect from these timber marketing events: “Feedback from forest owners has highlighted the need for a suitable forum to engage with key players involved in the harvest and purchase of timber. We have therefore allowed more time for forest owners to meet and network with other forest owners, forest managers, harvesting contractors and timber buyers at our valuable ‘Talking Timber’ events.”

Event outline

Registration commences at 9.30 am and both events will run from 10am to 2.30pm. There will be time for networking opportunities with local companies, contractors and timber buyers. 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. This outdoor demonstration will be followed by short, snappy indoor presentations from Teagasc, the Forest Service and speakers from the forest industry.

For further details, please visit www.teagasc.ie/forestry or contact your local Teagasc Forestry Adviser.