Sluggish demand for straw trade as Northern buyers stay scarce
Published 23/08/2011 | 05:00
Straw prices are expected to come under pressure as the main harvest continues apace this week.
Prices in the south of the country are generally €1-2 lower for a 4x4 bale than the midlands and more northern counties.
Barley straw in Cork, Waterford and Carlow is being quoted at €10/bale, while in Tipperary round bales are selling for €8-10.
Wicklow sellers are also reporting prices of €8-10/bale, with 4x4 bales costing €1 more in the Dublin region, at €9-10/bale.
In Laois and Kilkenny, prices of €10-12/bale have been paid.
Barley straw delivered into Galway and Roscommon is costing €15-18, while bales delivered to Donegal are fetching in the region of €15/bale. Deliveries of straw from Kildare to the western region are being quoted at €16-18/bale.
Dealers are reporting sluggish demand for straw, with one Kildare-based dealer quoting the example of a northern buyer who usually has 20-30 loads ordered before harvest but this year has only bought seven loads so far.
Another Tipperary-based dealer said he was dreading the winter wheat straw hitting the market because it would depress the trade.