The Association of Farm & Forestry Contractors in Ireland (FCI) has published guide prices for silage in its FCI Contracting Charges Guide for 2021.
This year’s guide sees contractors quoting an average of a 4% increase in charges. The FCI has linked price hikes to meeting some of the increases in costs of machinery, insurance and labour that have been experienced by members, since the beginning of 2020.
The FCI said that it is satisfied that this averaged price guide continues to “provide fair and reasonable guidance” for both farm and forestry contractors and their client farmers.
It stressed that actual prices may “vary considerably” between regions, distance travelled, size of contract undertaken, size and type of equipment used, amount of product applied etc.
Also, the FCI said it is aware that many contractors make individual arrangements with clients regarding diesel.
The guide charges “do not reflect this market trend and such agreements may make a significant difference” to contracting charges.
Prices are based on green diesel at 70 cent/litre, according to the association. Prices are shown as GUIDE ONLY, PLUS VAT at 13.5% and per area or per hour and include operator, unless otherwise stated.
Guide prices for silage – mowing, baling, wrapping, and stacking
- Bale, wrap, stack and move (inc. plastic 4 layers, extra layers additional cost) *For NRF add €1/bale* – €15-16/bale;
- Baling silage (4 x 4) €5.50/bale;
- Bale, wrap, stack and move (excl. plastic) – €11-12/bale;
- Bale and wrap (inc. plastic 4 layers, extra layers additional cost) *For NRF add €1/bale* €11-12/bale;
- Bale and wrap including combinations (excl. plastic) €9.50-10/bale
- Mow, bale, and wrap (incl. plastic 4 layers, extra layers additional cost) €17-18/bale;
- Mow, bale, and wrap (excl. plastic) – €14-15/bale
- Wrap (4×4) (excl. plastic) – €3.0-3.50/bale
- Bale transport – €65-68/hr or €3.5-5/bale
- Bale stacking – €65-68/hr;
- Large square bales of silage (6x4x3) €9-9.5/bale;
- Large 5x3x2 silage bales wrapped – €13-14/bale.
- Last year’s guide charges – clicking here.
- Slurry and muck spreading rates in 2021 – more here.
- Hedge-cutting rates- see here.