Na­tion­wide forestry ad­vi­sory clin­ics to start on Jan­uary 21

Irish Examiner - Farming - - GENERAL FARMING -

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.

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