Most of the timber from around here goes to Murrays in ballygar. It would be the lowest grade wood as soil is shallow land is poor. They cut out whatever is good, pulp the rest and load the pulp and sawdust into lorries and draw it back to a mile from here where Masonite make it into doors. They only recently got the idea that it might be cheaper to chip whole trees on site, branches and all, especially first thinnings, and save them having to do the 120 mile round trip to ballygar.Tis an odd business alright. Timber from up the country is brought down here. Timber down here goes up the country.
Feck you could nearly say that about most farming 🙈You'd have to question the whole economics of the job alright.
When you consider what fuel is burnt harvesting, gathering up and then transporting.
The whole forestry job hinges on grants.
No grants, no forestry.
I remember a few years ago dad was buying a demo tractor it was 90k at the time. I had no real say then but the salesman was sort of pushing a fendt and gave one on demo for a few days and I loved it, I thought it was the only way to go but it was 160 000 I think at the time or something along them lines. He always reminds me now when I’m looking to buy something that he bought the tractor that time and 18 acres of ground for forestry for the same price as the fendt. The forestry leaves in tax free grant money every year which is a big help and some day will be harvested which is a bigger help. (That isn’t a dig at fendt owners or anything I think they are claas)