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Strength in numbers for smaller holdings

The average farm forest holding in Ireland is about 8ha or 20ac. This is small in forestry terms and consequently it can be difficult to achieve the economies of scale necessary to maximise returns.

However, the same problem exists across Europe where many countries have a similar average to Ireland. There is a big difference though. In Europe, most private forest owners have been in the business for generations, whereas the majority of owners in this country have yet to harvest, let alone sell, any of their timber.

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