Straw demand eases as harvest supply hits the market
Demand for straw eased slightly last week as the main harvest progressed, bringing more straw onto the market.
In the Kildare area, quotes for 4x4 round bales of barley straw have eased from a top price of €15 two weeks ago to €11-12/bale on Friday.
"Money is scarce with farmers at the moment," said one dealer. "The trade is not bad and straw is being sold but money is tight."
The dealer said prices had slacked from €17 to €14 for 8x3x2 square bales of barley straw and from €30 to €25 for 8x4x3 bales.
One farmer in the Stradbally/Athy area was quoting €12/bale for round bales of barley and oaten straw and €10 for wheaten but was being offered €10/bale by buyers.
"Straw is not as scarce as people thought at first," he said.
"I don't think the drop in acres sown was as high as people predicted, certainly in this area anyway."