Annual prices for medium to large logs increased by 1% for Coillte and 2% for private sales when 2016 and 2017 returns are compared (Table 1). Coillte prices for most category sizes were much higher than those achieved by the private sector and approximately 10% higher in the large log sizes (0.5m3 and greater). Prices achieved by private growers for small logs were up by 5% in 2017 compared with 2016.

All prices are for standing timber rather than roadside. Price comparisons between Coillte and private sales for small timber – pulpwood and fuel wood – are not available as Coillte retains small logs mainly for its two panelboard mills, so the private sector relies on data from the Wood Price Quarterly (WPQ) for small logs.