The FCI has published its charges guide for 2022, which contains slurry agitation and spreading rates.
The body is “satisfied” that this averaged price guide continues to provide “fair and reasonable” guidance for farm and forestry contractors and their clients.
However, it stressed that one must remember this is only a guide.
FCI produces these guide figures on an annual basis. It collates an average figure for each operation from a panel of members across Ireland.
Because of the local differences, the actual guide charge may vary between:
- Across soil types;
- Distance travelled;
- Size of contract undertaken;
- Size and type of equipment;
- Scale of work.
It has based prices on green diesel at 75c/L. The body stressed that the “guide charges do not reflect this market trend and such agreements may make a significant difference to contracting charges”.
It has provided prices as a guide only, plus VAT at 13.5% and per area or per hour and include operator, unless otherwise stated.
FCI confirmed that it is aware that many contractors make individual arrangements with clients regarding diesel.
Slurry 2022 charges
Overall, the body warned that farmers across Ireland would see an average minimum 5% increase in agricultural contracting service charges in 2022.
It has provided the following guide charge rates for agitating and spreading slurry (via various methods) and muck.
- Muck loading wheeled loader – €68-72/hr;
- Muck spreading – flail – €52-57/hr;
- Muck spreading – 10 tonne – €68-72/hr;
- Muck spreading – 14 tonne – €90-95/hr;
- Loading and spreading – 12 tonne spreader – €135-140/hr;
- 14 tonne dual/rear discharge spreader and loader – €160-170/hr;
- Slurry agitation – €97-102/hr;
- Slurry spreading – 1500-gal tanker – €52-55/hr;
- Slurry spreading – 2500 + gal tanker – €68-75/hr;
- Slurry spreading – 3000 + gal tanker – €93-98/hr;
- Umbilical spreading (set up charge – laying out & reeling in €100/hr) – €160-170/hr;
- Trailing shoe – 2500 + gal tanker – €90-95/hr.