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Roscommon Agricultural Show 2014

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ros showOn Saturday the 16th of August Western Forestry Co-op had a stand at the Roscommon Agricultural Show.

Co-op Forester Patrick was on hand to provide information and answer any questions about forestry.

There was a lot of interest from local landowners about the prospects of planting marginal land and the benefit of doing so. Patrick explained how landowners could earn on average €200/acre/year income tax free as well as being able to claim their full Single Farm Payment on planted land.

There were many existing forest owners there on the day interested in thinning and harvesting in their forests. Patrick explained the necessary steps for harvesting i.e. felling licence, roading access etc, as well as the grants which are available to assist with forest management such as roading. Patrick has arranged to meet with some forest owners to visit these plantations.

The show was a great success all the trades stands, spectators and contestants in the many competitions taking place on the day.

Forestry & Farming

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Forestry and Farming a Winning Combination


Victor Barber Western Forestry Co-op congratulating Charlie Tinney on 1st place and Judge Pat Chambers.

North Sligo Show enjoyed a very successful day on 2nd August with record numbers of livestock on show. Western Forestry Co-op is proud to be part of this show and sponsor the Ewe Lamb Championships for the past number of years for mountain and lowland breeds which attracted entries from as far away as Longford and Letterkenny. Western Forestry Co-op has always believed that farming and forestry work well together with forestry as another asset to the farm. Forestry will reduce your labour input and add extra financial income for the less productive part of the farm in annual premium payment, thinning's and final harvest. Farmers receive an average premium of €200/acre/annum from forestry while still retaining your full single farm payment, allowing more time to concentrate on productive land. With beef and lamb prices under severe pressure at the moment maybe now is the time to think about making the less productive land on your farm pay by talking to your local forester Victor Barber (086 8289926) from Grange in Co. Sligo who is also a part time farmer and forest owner.

Scope to Offset Emissions through Afforestation Welcome

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Forestry Edge Monds Comp

Reacting to this week's European Council conclusions on 2030 climate policy, IBEC, the group that represents Irish business, today welcomed the commitment that agricultural emissions can be offset through afforestation after 2020. IBEC however highlighted the need for early clarity on the rules that will apply to this.

Acknowledging the success of the Irish negotiating team, IBEC Head of Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Dr Neil Walker said: “The new deal marks an important milestone, but is just the beginning of 12 months of tough, detailed negotiations on how individual Member State targets will be implemented.

"Ireland looks set to have very ambitious carbon reduction targets over the coming years, regardless of whether a global deal is agreed at next year's UN climate summit. This will undoubtedly present many challenges. It is important that the EU's approach is flexible, fair and proportionate, so competitiveness and jobs are not adversely affected."

Forest Thinning & Roads Field Evening

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Forest Thinning & Roads Field Evening

ForestThinning2Inishowen Forest Owners Group, Inishowen Co-op and the Western Forestry Co-op jointly organised a well attended Field event on a beautiful summer evening in Tullydish, Buncrana. The field evening brought together forest owners from around Donegal to outline and discuss a first thinning operation on two privately owned forests. Forest owners were shown and discussed the need for inspection paths, fertilisation requirements, inventory plots, felling license, forest roading and timber stacking.

Happy Retirement Pat & Tom

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Pat & Tom Retire after 19 Yrs with Western Forestry Co-op

Original MembersAfter 19 years working together (half a Forest Rotation) providing excellent farm forestry services, advice and support, both Patricia Dillon (fondly known as Pat to all who know her) Forestry Development Officer and Tom Staunton, Co-op Forester have retired from the East Mayo Forestry Co-op (part of Western Forestry Co-op) based in Kiltimagh.

New Ballinrobe Office

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Western Forestry Co-op Office moved to Aurivo Mart Ballinrobe


Western Forestry Co-op (est 1985 by the main dairy co-ops in the West of Ireland to provide a back up service to farmers going in to forestry) have moved the Mayo office from Kiltimagh to the Aurivo Mart in Ballinrobe.

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Western Forestry Coop
ICOS House
Finisklin Road

Contact Details

Telephone: +353 (0)71 9161458

Email: info@westernforestrycoop.ie