Silage bale costs will be significant for farmers in 2022, writes Keith Fahy, B&T Drystock Adviser, Teagasc, Galway/Clare.
Firstly, if we look at spreading a bag and a half of UREA (If protected cannot be got) at €930 a tonne, this equates to €46.5/bag; this would work out at €70/acre.
If we spread 2,500 gallons of a 6% DM slurry per acre using the trailing shoe/dribble bar, assuming a cost of €30 per load or 20 minutes @ €90/hour, this equates to €30/acre.
If we look at FCI (Farm Contractor Ireland) cost list, they quote that it can cost up to approx. €12/bale excluding plastic to mow, bale, and wrap.
Next, let us look at a roll of plastic. One merchant, I rang, said: “I can’t quote prices for plastic yet. However, I assume it will be over €100 per roll”.
If we take it, we get 10 bales to the acre (5TDM/HA), assuming a roll will do 24-25 bales; this will cost about €4/bale.
We also have to allow €1 to €2 to bring in bale etc. for haulier or own diesel/transport etc..
Silage bale prices
Renting is also an additional cost. Please see table 2 below:
|Assuming 10 Bales/Acre||Spreading 1.5 bags Urea and 2500 gallons of thick slurry per acre (91-12.5-80)|
|Fertiliser (1.5 bags of UREA/ACRE)||€7/Bale|
|Slurry (LESS2500 gallons per acre)||€3/Bale|
|Mow/Bale/Wrap – FCI costs||€12/Bale|
|Diesel/Haulier bringing in Bales||€1/Bale|
|If renting assuming €100/acre/Part of Year||(€10/Bale)|
|Total costs (If renting land)||€27 (€37/Bale)|
So, it is vital that farmers ensure early turnout, maximise slurry and fertiliser efficiencies whilst making excellent silage as there is no room for error in a high-cost year. Take care farming and be safe.
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