Following on from my previous blog about the importance of front line troops in the forest industry, here coincidently is a recent fantastic example from New Zealand.
This is the kind of media the forest industry needs to generate on a regular basis to stimulate interest and investment.
New Zealand has a very successful forest industry which is a major contributor to that country’s economy, without taxpayer subsidies.
Sure they have their challenges – that’s fundamental in business. Any business that doesn’t have challenges is going out of business quick smart.
Those clever Kiwis know how to run a proper forest industry.
It’s nothing to do with blackwood apart from showing that farmers can grow trees on a small scale and make very good money, provided Government and industry policies are right and the market’s working properly.
Kevin Thomsen, a small farm forester at Hawkes Bay, harvested just 8.6 hectares of well managed pine grown on land not suited to other land uses. And here are the results:
The harvesting results far exceeded expectations for 24 and 25 year old trees. Key statistics averaged across the two blocks (both Radiata pine) are:
Per hectare log yield of 875 tonnes over 8.6 hectares.
Net income (stumpage) of $NZ528,297
Net income (stumpage) per hectare $NZ61,430
Net income (stumpage) per hectare per year of $NZ2,507
Net income (stumpage) per tonne of $NZ67.63
Kevin credits a lot of this successful result and “stress-free harvesting” to PF Olsen and “the specialised marketing division based in Rotorua who have access to a number of competing overseas buyers of our logs.”
Clearly Mr Thomsen, besides having a well managed quality resource to sell, was close to markets and had easy harvesting conditions.
What a great story!
And another thing we don’t have here in Australia – great forest product market information like that provided by PF Olsen:
When will Tasmania get a fully commercial profitable forest industry?