Several native hardwoods are harvested, but our focus is mainly on Brachystegia spiciformis (Messassa). After felling, logs are extracted to ramps in the forest and each is given a unique individual number that is painted at the end of the log. This is done in such a way that all the logs from one specific tree can be identified. This system also provides for the number to be painted on the tree stump.
The details of each log is registered in a felling log book containing the diameter at breast height, length, volume, specie and classification (prime log or secondary logs).
At the ramps logs are loaded onto a tractor – trailer unit where the same information is recorded into a loading book. This acts as a check to ensure that no logs are left in the forest. Logs are transported to the logyard outside the sawmill where they are stored until processed