Farm Ireland

Thursday 24 May 2018

Reprieve on the cards for fodder transportation

Caitriona Murphy

Caitriona Murphy

Farmers facing a €10m hike in the cost of transporting fodder could be given a reprieve this week as Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar considers giving an exemption from the recently introduced maximum trailer height for livestock feed.

It is understood that Minister Varadkar is contemplating an exemption for dried fodder such as hay and straw, which would be widely welcomed by farmers.

It is believed that the exemption would only apply to fodder transported in uncovered loads.

The new 4.65m height restriction on trailers, which came into force on November 1 last, is severely impacting on the amount of fodder that can be transported on trailers.

Under the new height rule, only two rows of 4x4 round bales are legal on lorries and large, square bales, typically three feet high, are only legal when loaded three high on most trailers.

The rule, as it stands, is estimated to be adding €300-€400 to every load of fodder transported in the country.


Kerry will pay a top-up of 0.3c/l on all milk supplied this year, in accordance with the company's commitment to pay the country's leading milk price.

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The payout on the company's total supply of 960m litres will cost close to €2.9m.

A Kerry spokesman maintained the outlook for milk prices into the New Year were good for the first six months of 2014, with demand remaining buoyant in the big importing countries.

European milk prices have reached new record levels, with processors in some companies and co-ops paying well above €40 per 100kgs.

The Dutch super co-op Friesland Campina is among the latest to have increased its guaranteed milk price -- a €0.75 increase to €43.43.

Arla Foods was paying €39.03 in October, with the promise of an extra €1 in November.

The October average -- price survey based on information from 16 dairy operators throughout Europe -- is now €39.86.

Irish Independent