The IFA published the results of its latest timber price survey on Wednesday, February 2nd. 2022.
The farm group’s analysis shows that timber prices “vary significantly”.
On the back of this, IFA farm forestry chair Jason Fleming, has urged farmers to check the survey findings before they sell timber.
The IFA conducts this survey in an effort to increase the transparency of timber prices.
It collated data from forest owners, forestry companies and sawmills during November and December 2021.
The survey provides prices for pulp, stakewood, palletwood and sawlog.
It also looks at standing prices for first, second and third thinnings and clear fell.
The survey shows that roadside pulpwood prices ranged from €26/t to €44/t.
Meanwhile, stakewood prices varied from €42/t to €75/t. Palletwood was quoted from €40/t to €82/t. Besides, the price for sawlog ranged between €95/t to €127/t.
Standing prices also varied for first thinnings which were quoted between €12/t to €22/t. Second thinnings ranged from €19/t to €42/t, with third thinnings from €25/t to €48/t. Survey participants reported that clearfell prices varied between €50/t to €92/t.
IFA encourages farmers to “be informed” and prepare in advance of selling timber.
“It is very important that farmers get a number of quotes before selling timber and talk with other forest owners or your local IFA farm forestry representative to get advice,” Jason Fleming concluded.
Timber price survey results from the IFA:
|Product Type||Length||Diameter||Price € /tonne|
|Pulp||3 m||< 7cm||26 – 44|
|Stakewood||1.6 m||> 8cm < 15 cm||42 – 75|
|Palletwood||2.5 m||> 14 cm||40 – 63|
|3.1 m||60 – 79|
|3.4 m||74 – 80|
|3.7 m||70 – 82|
|Sawlog||4.9m||> 20cm||95 – 117|
|5.5 m||114 – 127|
Roadside prices excluding VAT for Sitka spruce timber
|Standing Prices||Price € /tonne|
|1st Thinning||12 – 22|
|2nd Thinning||19 – 42|
|3rd Thinning||25 – 48|
|Clearfell||50 – 92|
Standing prices excluding VAT for Sitka spruce timber during