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Milling, Drying and Marketing

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Treegrower articles and NZFFA Leaflets

Helping farmers sell wood

Adding value by milling on site

Log value recovery in a woodlot context

The commercial reality of special purpose timber species

MARVL pre-harvest inventory system

Macrocarpa – keeping faith with the old faithful

Milling cypresses and the marketing challenge

Furniture from blackwood

Milling and grading New Zealand grown blackwood

Use of New Zealand grown eucalypts

Eucalypts for timber: My experience and my floor

Harvesting and marketing some pruned redwood giants

Timber and moisture: How do Douglas fir and radiata compare?

Understanding the stability of Douglas fir timber


Trees on Farms videos

Using Timber from Trees on Farms

John and Oriel Furniss, Aharoa, Warkworth, lower North: Sawmill, joinery, timber in own house

Benjamin Lee, Reporoa, Taupo: Cypress timber for house; Euc delegatensis for flooring

Victor Clark, Reporoa, Taupo: Poplar timber for farm use

Barry Tatham, Piopio, King Country, Waitomo: On-farm timber utilisation

Malcolm McKenzie, Otorohanga, Waitomo: Markets for sawn blackwood

David and Chloe Blackley and Gabrielle Walton; Summerhill, Bay of Plenty: Home-grown poplar cabin

Alec Olsen, Valhalla, Hawkes Bay: Eucalypts sawn for flooring

Denis Hocking, Rangitoto Farm, Bulls, Middle Districts: Farm buildings made from home-grown timber

Bevan Walker, Nelson: House building, furniture, kayaks

Glen Crickett and Catherine van Paassen, Hokitika, West Coast: Peterson sawmill; firewood business

Robert Johnston, Ashley Gorge Station, Central Canterbury: Granny flat made from home-grown timber

Ken Stephens, Balclutha, South Otago: On-farm utilisation of home-grown timber

Catherine Bruce and Ben Winter, Spar Bush, Winton, Southland: Utilising home-grown timber on-farm


Radiata pine wood quality: Denis Hocking's blog, June 20, 2014
Radiata pine may be an easy and productive timber species for us to grow, but it has long been recognised that the timber does have a number of quality problems.…

Other sources of information


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Link to

On-Site Processing For Farm Forestry 

Mark Stewart and Ian Hanson 

Publication from the Australian Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) 




Stewart and Hanson (1998)

Processing trees on farms: a literature review for the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation 

Ian Hanson and Mark Stewart (1997) 

RIRDC Research Paper No. 97/20. 




Hanson and Stewart M (1997)


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