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How much are contractors in the UK charging?

The National Association of Agricultural Contractors (NAAC) has released the results of a recent survey it conducted.

In this survey, they asked their members to disclose the prices they charge for agricultural contracting services.

The NAAC stated that contractors may also have individual arrangements with customers regarding diesel (eg. separate fuel surcharge, fuel used on-farm etc) and therefore the prices below do not reflect this market trend and this may make a significant difference to contracting charges. Prices are based on red diesel at 60ppl.

The average market price for agricultural contracting prices in the UK are as follows:

Hedge-cutting:

  • Hedge cutting (flail) – £38.97/hour (€43.40);
  • Hedge cutting (saw blade) – £50.67/hour (€56.43).

Application:

  • Fertiliser – Spinning disc – £12.31/ha (€13.71);
  • Fertiliser – Extra for variable rate application – £3.26/ha (€3.63);
  • Grassland spraying – £19.43/ha (€21.64);
  • Lime spreading – £8.89/Tonne (€9.90).

Slurry and FYM

  • FYM – rear discharge spreader – £53.90/hour (€60.02);
  • FYM – side discharge spreader – £56.00/hour (€62.36);
  • Slurry – trailing shoe/dribble bar – £53.53/hour (€59.62);
  • Slurry- umbilical – £89.00/hour (€99.11);
  • Slurry – extra pump – £46.50/hour (€51.78);
  • Slurry injection – £78.33 (€87.23).

Grass

  • Topping – £38.00/ha (€42.32);
  • Mowing – £30.30/ha (€33.74);
  • Tedding – £17.55/ha (€19.54);
  • Raking – £17.98/ha (€20.02);
  • Forage harvesting only – £64.69/ha (€72.04);
  • Complete service (mow, rake, forage harvest, cart and clamp) – £173.59 (€193.31);
  • Small conventional bale – £0.74/bale (€0.82);
  • 80cm x 90cm bale – £4.00/bale (€4.45);
  • 120 cm x 70cm bale – £5.04/bale (€5.61);
  • 120cm x 90cm bale – £6.21/bale (€6.92);
  • 120cm x 130 cm bale – £7.57/bale (€8.43);
  • 120cm round bale – £3.31/bale (€3.69);
  • 150cm round bale – £3.51/bale (€3.51).

Bale wrapping

  • Round 120cm (6 layers) – £6.25/bale (€6.96);
  • Round 120cm (4 layers) – £5.00/bale (€5.57);
  • Square 120cm x 70cm (6 layers) – £7.62/bale (€8.49);
  • Square 120cm x 70cm (4 layers) – £6.62/bale (€7.37).

Tractor hire

  • Tractor, post knocker and operator – £46.00/hour (€51.23);
  • 100-150hp tractor and operator – £38.12/hour (€42.45);
  • 150-220hp tractor and operator – £42.32/hour (€47.13);
  • 220-300hp tractor and operator – £55.76/hour (€62.09);
  • 300hp+ tractor and operator – £72.82/hour (€81.09).
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