The Business of Forestry: How to Sell Timber

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There’s still time to register for this evening’s Teagasc Forestry annual timber marketing event. Talking Timber 2021 – the Teagasc annual timber marketing event aims to support forest owners in harvesting their conifer forests. In its ninth year now, this year’s theme will be “The Business of Forestry: how to sell timber”.



‘Virtual Talking Timber’ will be broadcast live on Tuesday 15 June at 7pm.

‘Virtual Talking Timber’ will be a mixture of short, on-site videos interspersed with live panel discussions. Viewers attending the live broadcast will have opportunity to ask questions during the live Q&A session.

Topics – how to sell timber

With more and more private forests reaching various thinning stages and clearfell age, it is important that the harvested timber is sold successfully.

How do you sell your timber successfully? Forest owners need to ask the right questions before harvesting goes ahead to maximise their conifer forests’ potential value.

This live event will discuss questions such as:

  • I want to sell timber, where do I start?
  • Do I need a written contract? What should be in it?
  • Do I need to measure my timber before selling?
  • Do I have tax obligations? What about VAT?

Forestry personnel from Teagasc and the Forestry Division of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine together with a forest owner and a forestry consultant will discuss timber harvesting. The event will primarily focus 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 will be discussed by IFAC.


  • 7.00 pm – Introduction
  • 7.00 – 7.45 pm – Short videos interspersed with live panel discussions
  • 7.45 – 8.00 pm – Live public Q&A session

Please note, this event is worth 15 CPD points (Society of Irish Foresters).

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