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What are the guide prices for making silage, straw and hay bales?

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The Association of Farm & Forestry Contractors in Ireland has released its 2020 agricultural contracting charges guide, as reported by us here.

It says it is satisfied that this averaged price guide will act as a “fair and reasonable” guide for both contractors and farmers.

These guide figures are produced on an annual basis and are compiled by collating an average figure for each operation from a panel of FCI members from across Ireland.

“Because of the local differences, the actual guide charge may vary considerably between regions, across soil types, due to factors such as distance travelled, size of contract undertaken, size and type of equipment used, supply of fuel, as well as the amount of product spread.”

This year sees contractors quoting an average of a 5% increase in charges, “rounded off in order to meet with the increases in costs of machinery, fuel, insurance and a further increase in labour costs since the start of 2019, as a result of the introduction of the Revenue Commissioner’s Payroll Modernisation system”.

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Haym silage and straw 

The FCI has provided the following guide charges for making silage, hay and straw bales.

These guide figures are produced on an annual basis and are compiled by collating an average figure for each operation from a panel of FCI members from across Ireland.

The FCI outlined that prices are shown as a guide only, plus VAT at 13.5% and per area or per hour and include an operator, unless otherwise stated; prices are based on green diesel at 70c/L.

Silage:

  • Large square bales (6x4x3) – €9/bale;
  • Large 5x3x2 bales (wrapped) – €13/bale.

Straw:

  • Small square bales – €1/bale;
  • Round bales (4×4) – €5/bale;
  • Round bales (5×4) – €5.50/bale;
  • 8x4x3 – €10/bale;
  • 6x3x3 – €5.50/bale;
  • 8x3x3 – €9/bale.

Hay:

  • Small square bales – €1/bale;
  • Round bales (4×4) – €5/bale.
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