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Impact of the Decision To Leave the EU

Impact of the Decision To Leave the EU

It is now clear that the British people have made the choice to leave the European Union. The countr...


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Coillte announces record earnings of €98.3m for 2016 - Coillte

Coillte, Ireland’s largest forestry and land solutions company, today announced its annual results for 2016. The company delivered record earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of €98.3m, up 10% on the previous year. Operating cash flow at €15.2m was up 130% on 2015 while operating profit (before exceptional items and revaluation gains) increased by 6.6% to €64.4m.

Read more: Coillte announces record earnings of €98.3m for 2016 - Coillte

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An Taoiseach Enda Kenny Marks Major Contract Between Coillte and Treemetrics - Coillte

Coillte, Ireland’s national forestry company, recently announced a major €1 million contract agreement, with Cork-headquartered Treemetrics to roll out a pioneering real-time satellite communications and data-analytics platform for forestry harvest control.

Read more: An Taoiseach Enda Kenny Marks Major Contract Between Coillte and Treemetrics - Coillte

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Forestry Advisory Clinics

Teagasc organized nearly 100 consultation days in January, February, and March with approximately 600 landowners benefiting from a one-to-one consultation with a Teagasc forestry adviser. These clinics focused on landowners who are considering forestry but the clinics also provided advice to landowners who already have a forest established.

Read more: Forestry Advisory Clinics

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Growfor Workshop

This is a full day workshop on using GROWFOR, the dynamic yield model computer interface.  The workshop is led by Paddy Purser and Fionán Russell of Purser Tarleton Russell Ltd.

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Doyle launches pilot Forestry Knowledge Transfer Group

Andrew Doyle TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with responsibility for forestry, launched a pilot Knowledge Transfer Group scheme for forestry at the AGM of Limerick and Tipperary Woodland Owners Ltd., in Hollyford, Co. Tipperary, recently.

Read more: Doyle launches pilot Forestry Knowledge Transfer Group

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Doyle launches New Felling Guidance Tool to help maximise returns from Forestry

Minister Andrew Doyle TD recently launched the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine’s Felling Decision Tool for conifers. The tool provides guidance to forest owners on when to fell their forest to obtain the best return from their forest asset.

Read more: Doyle launches New Felling Guidance Tool to help maximise returns from Forestry

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New Forest Harvesting Training Initiative Launched in Teagasc Ballyhaise College

On Wednesday the 9th November the Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture, Andrew Doyle TD, attended Teagasc Ballyhaise College to launch a new forestry harvesting simulator and the development of a Forest Machine Operator Training Programme.

Read more: New Forest Harvesting Training Initiative Launched in Teagasc Ballyhaise College

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Coillte Boss Seeing Wood From the Trees | News | Coillte

Head of Coillte Fergal Leamy speaks to Eoin Lowry about his first 18 months in charge of the State-owned company.

How does the son of an AI man from Waterford end up leaving a London-based private equity firm to run a State-owned forestry company? That is the first question I put to the straight-talking Fergal Leamy, who has just completed his first 18 months at the helm of Coillte.

Read more: Coillte Boss Seeing Wood From the Trees | News | Coillte

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McIlveen Announces Additional Application Date for the NI Forest Expansion Scheme

The Scheme is competitive, and provides support for farmers and landowners to plant woodlands of five hectares or larger this coming winter. The first phase of the Scheme last year resulted in over 180 hectares of new woodland planting. This year, applicants can apply by 12th September or by 30th September.

Read more: McIlveen Announces Additional Application Date for the NI Forest Expansion Scheme

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Forestry and the Basic Payment Scheme

Having a forest on the farm can be an excellent alternative enterprise. Before deciding to establish a forest on the farm, it is essential to consider all implications.

Read more: Forestry and the Basic Payment Scheme

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Forest Management Walks

Teagasc in association with the Forest Service (DAFM) is organizing a nationwide series of forest walks from 17 to 27 April focusing on the management of young forests. Management objectives can be wide ranging: from timber production to biodiversity and recreation.

Read more: Forest Management Walks

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Huge Success for Coillte at RDS Forestry Awards

Coillte had a very successful day at this year's RDS Forestry Awards. The awards celebrate the best livestock and forestry producers in the country and the winners were revealed at a ceremony in the RDS Concert Hall, Dublin on 3rd March.

Read more: Huge Success for Coillte at RDS Forestry Awards

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€200M Funding for Forestry Investment from EIB

The European Investment Bank has announced funding of over €200m for forestry related investment in Ireland - the first such investment in 20 years. 

Currently, about 11% of Ireland's landmass is covered with forestry, well below the European average. The target outlined in the rural development plan is to bring that up to 17% in the decade ahead. 

Read more: €200M Funding for Forestry Investment from EIB

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Teagasc Special Award at BTYSTE 2017 goes to Agroforestry Project

The winners of the Teagasc special award at BTYSTE 2017 were Asa Curran, Tiarnan Collins and Jack Ryan-Purcell from Schull Community College in Co Cork, who were also highly commended in their category putting them in the top 15% of entries.

Read more: Teagasc Special Award at BTYSTE 2017 goes to Agroforestry Project

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Andrew Doyle T.D. Launches COFORD Publication - Broadleaf Forestry in Ireland

Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Andrew Doyle T.D, recently launched a COFORD publication Broadleaf Forestry in Ireland at Avondale, Co Wicklow. The book is written by Juergen Huss, Padraic Joyce, Richard MacCarthy and John Fennessy.

Read more: Andrew Doyle T.D. Launches COFORD Publication - Broadleaf Forestry in Ireland

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Doyle Encourages Forest Owners to 'Talk Timber'

In his opening address to the ‘Talking Timber’ event held recently in the Auburn Lodge Hotel, Ennis, Co. Clare, Andrew Doyle, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with responsibility for Forestry, highlighted the event as “an opportunity to learn and listen about the timber sales process and all that involves, particularly in relation to harvesting options and how to maximise return from your investment in forestry”.

Read more: Doyle Encourages Forest Owners to 'Talk Timber'