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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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‘The cost of making silage could be as high as €30/bale’

INHFA welcomes fodder subsidy

The Irish Natura & Hill Farmers’ Association (INHFA) is among those who have welcomed the government’s proposed €100/ha fodder subsidy.

The farm group has called on Minister McConalogue to review the overall budget and payment rates to farmers.

According to INHFA president, Vincent Roddy, in the last year:

  • The price of fertiliser has tripled;
  • Farm film has increased by 50%;
  • Disease prices have doubled.

He said the above prices will increase the cost of any silage that farmers make this summer.

He stated: “On a grass crop that produces 10 bales of silage/acre, the cost of making a bale of silage could be as high as €30/bale, which would be an increase of €12/bale on previous years.”

“For farmers that are renting land, the cost will be even higher,” he explained.

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In welcoming the proposed government support for silage-making, the INHFA president stressed the need for an increased budget and payment rate.

He stated that “the support the government announced will work out at €4/bale”. However, the increased costs the organisation outlined come to €12/bale, with similar increases applying to pit silage.

Concluding, Roddy stressed the need for the proposed scheme “to be simple and effective” in its administration.

Cost of silage-making in 2022

In February of this year, Keith Fahy, B&T Drystock Adviser, Teagasc, Galway/Clare, said that silage bale costs would be significant for farmers in 2022.

He looked at potential costings for silage-making on rented land, as outlined below:

Renting land:

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
Plastic €4/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)


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