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Sellers seeking up to €55 for silage bales

Sellers are seeking up to €55/4×4 first-cut silage bales (excluding transportation fees).

That is what That’s Farming has concluded after we collated data from advertisements that sellers, across the country, have posted on Donedeal over the past 21 days.

We compiled the following information for silage bales (4×4) for most counties (21 in total) for which such information is available.

Please note that prices we have outlined below from ads on “Ireland’s largest online classifieds site” do not include transport fees and are representative of what is currently being quoted/requested/sought.

  1. Cavan – €25-€40;
  2. Cork – €30-€55;
  3. Clare – €35-€40;
  4. Donegal – €30-€35;
  5. Galway – €30-€40;
  6. Kerry – €30-€46 (Bales at €46, chopped, from new reseed, additive and can be loaded);
  7. Kilkenny: €40;
  8. Leitrim: €25-€35;
  9. Longford – €30-€40;
  10. Louth: €35;
  11. Limerick – €45;
  12. Mayo – €25-€35;
  13. Meath: €30-40;
  14. Monaghan – €30-€35;
  15. Offaly – €40;
  16. Roscommon: €27-€40;
  17. Sligo – €30-35;
  18. Tipperary – €45-€55;
  19. Westmeath: €35-€40;
  20. Wexford: €40-€50;
  21. Wicklow – €40.

Silage bale costs

In February 2022, we published an article from Teagasc’s B&T drystock adviser, Keith Fahy, who outlined that silage bale costs would be “significant” for farmer in 2022 and could be as high as €27-€37 years.

You can read more in this news article.

Making good quality silage

Another one of our previous articles focused on the importance of making good quality silage.

According to Teagasc’s Shane Devaney, reducing meal requirements over the winter and improved cattle weight gains of 0.6kg/head/day during this period are among the benefits of making good-quality silage.

He outlined that this will equate to a weight gain of 90kgs over 150 days.

Devaney advised farmers to target cutting before May 20th, as this will achieve a DMD of 75%+.

He commented:

“Each one week delay after this in cutting silage will result in a drop of 2-3% DMD in quality. Aim to graze off all your silage ground as this cleans off any poor-quality grass which is growing during the winter months.”

“This can result in a drop in DMD of up to 5-7 units. Apply 2,500 gallons of slurry per acre. Cattle slurry has a good balance of N, P and K, which is nitrogen, phosphorus and potash.”

Read how to make good quality silage.

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