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RE: TIMBER SALES AND DISPOSAL

Subject: RE: TIMBER SALES AND DISPOSAL
From: Dealga O'Callaghan
Date: Dec 01 2000 06:28:57
Ken

I don't know who you are dealing with, but if you look nationally
you will get buyers.  I have recently had a survey of a woodland
(mixed) done and the average price per cubic metre offered was
£48 for standing timber.  Obviously some species, Oak & Beech
were a lot higher, while Spruce & Pine were lower.
The costs of felling, extraction, haulage and clean up
have to be deducted but it would still be £18-£20 profit per cubic metre.

Interestingly there was a stand of good quality poplar involved
and that would loose money.  The costs exceed the price per cubic
metre.

Dealga


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Sent: 30 November 2000 23:51
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Subject: Re: TIMBER SALES AND DISPOSAL


For a long while now I have noticed a reluctance of buyers to take poplar,
willow and chestnuts and other poor grades of hardwoods at all but the worst
prices and sometimes for nowt and have concluded that it was a sign of the
times and anyway we get paid for doing a good job and not for selling the
timber.

Two months ago a local English hardwoods buyer went out of business saying
he
could not buy it, process and season it and sell it and make a profit in the
face of imported hardwoods.  Another local buyer told me today that he is
buying in ready cut and seasoned. Is it just the north west of England or is
it national......does anybody else have any views or clues as to what to do.
To sell nice ash or oak to a firewood merchant rather than sending it for
planking seems a terrible waste of resources.

Prices on good oak or ash or sycamore varied by demand but what was £4-5 per
cub foot has dropped to £1.75 so that it is no longer worth dragging to
roadside


Ken

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