IFA President Joe Healy has called on the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to intervene at the highest levels in Brussels to stop a bad EU-Mercosur trade deal, which would do untold damage to our €3bn beef and livestock sector.
All prices (ex VAT) quoted roadside for conifers. The prices have been collected from forest owners, forestry companies and sawmills.
|Product Type||Length||Diameter||Price € /tonne|
|Pulp||3 m||< 7cm||20 – 34|
|Stakewood||1.6 m||> 8cm < 15 cm||38 – 45|
|Palletwood||2.5 m||> 14 cm||40 – 50|
|3.1 m||48 – 58|
|3.4 m||56 – 60|
|3.7 m||56 – 64|
|Sawlog||4.9m||> 20cm||78 – 82|
* The demand for timber particularly sawlog has been reducing due to an oversupply of sawn timber in Europe.
Top Tips for Farmers
Forest owners are advised to get a number of quotes before selling their timber.
To talk with other farmers that have thinned.
IFA recommend that farmers put in inspection paths before selling their timber. Inspection paths are essential to gain access into the crop, these paths permit the assessment of the crop by a professional forester.
- Create inspection paths by removing branches to head height between two lines of trees;
- Parallel paths should be 50-100 metres apart depending on the size of the forest, and
- Inspection paths should be straight.
IFA advises farmers to visit the harvest site on the first day of operations to talk with the operator and ensure that he is familiar with the conditions of the felling licence and that the right trees are being felled.
Remember the primary aim of thinning is to improve the quality of your forest to focus growth on the better quality.
IFA President Joe Healy has called on consumers and retailers to support the Irish strawberry sector – a vital indigenous industry worth €47m at farm gate, with 57 growers producing over 8,000 tonnes annually.
IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said the proposal from the Department of Agriculture to change the equations in the classification machines at meat plants, which determine the conformation and fat score of cattle, rewards factories over farmers and is totally unacceptable.
Prices reported as quoted or paid to IFA Members
- Steer base €3.90/3.95/kg.
- Heifers €4.00/4.05/kg.
- Young Bulls O/R/U €3.50-3.60/3.70-3.80/3.80-3.90/kg.
- Cows €3.10/3.60/kg.
- In-spec bonus 12c/kg above base price.
|FACTORY BASE QUOTES C/KG|
|Dunbia||390||400||310 – 360|
|Kepak Athleague||390||400||310 – 360|
|Moyvalley Meats||390||400||310 – 360|
|Euro Farm Foods||390||400||310 – 360|
|Slaney Foods||390||400||310 – 360|
|Kepak Kilbeggan||390||400||310 – 360|
|Liffey Meats||390||400||310 – 360|
|Kildare Chilling||390||400||310 – 360|
|Dawn Ballyhaunis||390||400||310 – 360|
|Ashbourne Meats||390||400||310 – 360|
|Meadowmeats Rathdowney||390||400||310 – 360|
|Foyle Meats *+15c 300-380kgs||385*||390*||310 – 360|
|Charleville Foods||390||400||310 – 360|
|Kepak Watergrasshill||390||400||310 – 360|
|ABP Bandon||390||400||310 – 360|
|ABP Cahir||390||400||310 – 360|
|ABP Waterford||390||400||310 – 360|
|Dawn Grannagh||390||400||310 – 360|
|ABP Nenagh||390||400||310 – 360|
|Farmers should insist on payment on the day for their cattle|