As many people know the New Zealand forest industry is fully commercial and very successful; perhaps the most successful forest industry in the world.
It is a major contributor to the NZ economy both from local processing and log export. The industry is still largely based on Radiata pine, but that is slowly changing.
The New Zealand Farm Forestry Association (NZFFA) helps to ensure that New Zealand farmers have a strong voice in the forest industry.
They also have a strong focus on extension and support to the farming community.
These two videos are great examples of that focus.
The first video focuses on the economics and commercial returns to growers from forestry investment. These are real examples from real farmers making good money growing trees.
Returns from Harvesting
The second video shows examples of farmers who have grown, milled and used their own timber. Towards the end of this video is blackwood grower and miller Paul Millen talking about farm-grown and milled blackwood.
Using Timber from Trees on Farms
Two inspiring videos for existing or prospective farm tree growers.
Other videos that are worth watching can be found here:
It’s a shame we don’t have anything like this from Australia/Tasmania!