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Catherina Cunnane
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Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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How much should you sell your timber for?

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.

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.

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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
  (m)  (cm)  (Roadside) 
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

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