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Catherina Cunnane
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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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How much are UK farmers paying contractors for mowing, baling and wrapping?  

NAAC Rates

The UK-based National Association of Agricultural Contractors (NAAC) has released guide rates for agricultural contracting services in 2022.

It has warned farmers to expect an increase in charges this year because of “record high” fuel prices and escalating labour and machinery costs.

NAAC carried out the survey based on a pound per litre for fuel. It advised that farmers should be aware that a fuel surcharge may be necessary if prices continue to fluctuate.

The body that prices are likely to vary as input costs change. It has urged contractors to add a fuel surcharge if diesel prices are over £1.00/L to cover their costs.

A spokesperson said: “They are average prices surveyed from NAAC members. However, the actual price may vary considerably between regions, soil types, distance travelled, size of contract undertaken, size and type of equipment used, amount of product applied etc.”

“Contractors may also have individual arrangements with customers regarding diesel (eg. separate fuel surcharge, fuel used on-farm etc). The prices below do not reflect this market trend. This may make a significant difference to contracting charges.”

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In this article, we look at grass–mowing, baling and wrapping costs contained in the guide.

Ag contracting rates 

Baling (Body confirmed that prices may vary with bale density):

  • Small conventional – 0.88;
  • 80cm x 90cm – 4.67;
  • 120cm × 70cm – 5.84;
  • Also, 120cm x 90cm – 6.79;
  • 120cm × 130cm – 8.06;
  • Round 120cm – 3.84;
  • Round 150cm – 4.69.


  • Round 120cm (with 6 layers of plastic) – 6.72;
  • Square 120cm × 70cm (with 6 layers of plastic) – 8.33;
  • Square 120cm × 70cm (with 4 layers of plastic) – 8.63;
  • Square120cm × 70cm (without plastic) – 3.49;
  • Round 120cm (with 4 layers of plastic) – 5.51;
  • Round 120cm (without plastic) – 2.89.


  • Grass – mowing 36.60/ha or 14.81/acre.

The body stressed that it is important that agricultural contractors calculate their own costs based on individual circumstances.

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