Nationwide forestry advisory clinics to start on January 21
will run a nationwide series of forestry advisory clinics between January 21 and February 1, promoting establishment and management of forestry as a sustainable and rewarding land use on Irish farms.
These one-to-one clinics will be held in Teagasc offices around the country on specific dates, where a consultation with an experienced forestry adviser can be arranged by appointment.
The national forestry programme offers landowners many options in relation to forest establishment, with a range of attractive grants and annual premium categories available.
A land use change to forestry, like any new farm enterprise, will raise many questions.
A consultation with your Teagasc forestry adviser will provide independent and objective advice, empowering you to make informed decisions on many relevant issues including the following: Opportunities for farmers
and other landowners under the Forestry Programme 20142020.
Available grants and premiums.
■ Interaction with other
farm schemes such as BPS, GLAS, etc.
How forestry can improve
farm income and the environment.
How to apply and get the
job done right, first time. What to expect from your
forest crop (harvesting and timber sales). Although the emphasis for the upcoming clinics is on new p l a n t i n g , e x i s t i n g f o r e s t owners, regardless of what stage their forest is at, can also avail of this opportunity to pick up valuable management tips.
All consultations will take place in the local Teagasc advisory office.
Prior booking of a one-toone forestry consultation is essential.
Those taking part should bring maps and other relevant information with them, to optimise the advisory experience and outcome.
In Co Clare, they will take place in Ennis on Thursday, January 24, and Kilrush on Wednesday, January 23.
In Co Cork, they will take place in Kanturk on Tuesday, January 22; Macroom on Wedteagasc nesday, January 23, Moorepark on Thursday, January 24, and Skibbereen on Thursday, January 31.
In Co Kerry, they will take place in Killarney on Thursday, January 31, Listowel on Friday, February 1, and Tralee on Wednesday, January 30. In Co Limerick, they will take place in Kilmallock on Tu e s d a y , J a n u ar y 2 9 , a n d Newcastle West on Monday, January 28.
In Co Tipperary, they will take place in Clonmel on Tuesday, January 22, Nenagh on M o n d ay , J a n u a r y 2 1 , a n d Thurles on Friday, January 25.
In Co Waterford, they will take place in Dungarvan on Tuesday, January 29.
At the signing of a renewed Memorandum of Understanding between Teagasc and Animal Health Ireland, from left, Teagasc Director Professor Gerry Boyle; Teagasc Chairman Liam Herlihy: Animal Health Ireland Chief Executive Dr David Graham; and Professor Frank O’mara, Director of Research, Teagasc. It strengthens co-operation between the organisations and increases collaborative research, including the Cellcheck mastitis control programme, in which a priority for 2019 is to encourage greater uptake of milk recording by dairy farmers.