Tipp family honoured for their contribution to forestry sector

Forestry Services Ltd. recently paid tribute to the Moran family in Co. Tipperary who successfully repositioned their business following an outbreak of TB in 2003. Below is the full story from the Irish Independent from December 3, 2013.

A Tipperary family who diversified into forestry when their dairy herd was hit by TB in 2003 have been honoured for their contribution to both forestry and agri-tourism.

Minister of State Tom Hayes presented a specially commissioned, hand-crafted wooden wall clock to John and Breda Moran of Ballyboy House, Clogheen, Co Tipperary, on Friday at an event organised by Forestry Services Ltd.

Located at the foothills of the Knockmealdown Mountains, the Moran family ran a farm guesthouse alongside their dairy farm until they were hit by TB in 2003.

Following advice from Forestry Services Ltd, they diversified into farm forestry, planting 28ha of amenity species including sycamore, ash, birch, holly and walnut with walkways and ponds to complement their guesthouse.

The guesthouse now offers self-catering accommodation as well as tea rooms, forest walks, climbing, boating and fishing.

source: Irish Independent

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As a dairy farmer, I had little interest in forestry until I purchased land with milk quota in the mid-1990s. Both the milk quota and the forestry have proven good investments. I engaged Forestry Services Ltd to secure the necessary felling licences, construct forest roads and thin the plantations in 2008. The plantations have been second thinned and I am happy with the work that was done and the returns I received from the thinning. I am looking forward to the clearfell and my only regret is that I haven’t got more forestry

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