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How to cut your silage baling bills

Maximising dry matter content is the key to keeping costs under control during this year's cutting season with €14/bale expected, reports Derek Casey

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Hit the ground running: There's not much sense in waiting until the last minute to get your silage machinery ready. In particular, examine all belts, chains and other moving parts on round balers.

Hit the ground running: There's not much sense in waiting until the last minute to get your silage machinery ready. In particular, examine all belts, chains and other moving parts on round balers.

Hit the ground running: There's not much sense in waiting until the last minute to get your silage machinery ready. In particular, examine all belts, chains and other moving parts on round balers.

Farmers planning to make baled silage should look carefully at the costs involved. A lot of bales have already been made after a jump in grass growth in early April. Have you sat down to do the numbers on the costs of making bales this year?

Starting with bale wrap, the standard 750mm x 1500m roll will cost around €81-€83, including VAT and recycling levy, according to industry sources.

Last year, it was closer to €85, but the fall in oil prices, along with a good rollover supply of round bales from last year, has helped to put downward pressure on prices this season.