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Poltock Field Day Notes Available

Notes from a very successful field day, 'Forestry and Farming - The Perfect Fit', are now available on our website.

On Friday 28th April 2017, over 85 forest owners and industry representatives attended a field day on the property of Roger and Outhay Poltock in Wilmot, NW Tasmania.

At the Australian Forest Growers National Conference in October 2016, Roger and Outhay Poltock were awarded the prestigious AFG National Tree Farmer of the Year Award in recognition of their outstanding achievements over 30 years to grow, manage and harvest 50 hectares of trees on their 170ha property.  They have integrated commercial and native trees into their beef farming enterprise to increase pasture and livestock production, diversify income and achieve a sustainable land use.

Roger emphasised planning, preparation and perseverance as the secrets to his success.  Both blocks and belts of trees, together with riparian re-vegetation, are strategically located across the farm to maximise agriculture and timber production as well, as water quality and conservation values – thus the field day theme, ‘the perfect fit’.

In addition to detailed planning, Roger prepares tree planting sites to give the seedlings every chance of success.  Damage by browsing wallabies has been a huge problem but with fencing, shooting and appropriate tree pruning techniques, in addition to later thinning of his stands to remove trees of lower quality, Roger has successfully grown valuable clear wood logs for the top end of the market.  Tree harvests have achieved good prices thus making the forestry investments viable.

Commentary by industry representatives ensured visitors were ‘market savvy’ and better informed as to how to build relationships with consultants, wood buyers and contractors.  

A highlight of the day was the ‘5 star lunch’ provided from the food caravan operated by Outhay Poltock – this set new standards in field day catering in Tasmania, if not arguably across Australia.

The field day notes, and the Poltocks AFG Tree Farmer of the Year Award are now available on our website.  Please select the PUBLICATIONS tab, FIELD DAY NOTES, or CLICK HERE to be taken directly to the link.  

The event was generously hosted by  Roger and Outhay and organised and sponsored by Private Forests Tasmania and Australian Forest Growers.