Straw market sluggish as prices vary by €3/bale
Between €11 and €14/bale is being quoted for 4x4 round bales of straw but the market has yet to get going in earnest.
The early days of the 2013 straw market would seem to be packed with plenty of talk but not a huge amount of sales.
One Longford-based dealer who sources straw in Wexford, Carlow and Kildare to sell locally said demand had not taken off yet in his area.
He quoted prices equivalent to €13/bale for 4x4 round bales ex-yard or €23/bale including transport from the southeast to Longford.
In Kildare, another seller said farmers were talking about straw making €11-14 per round bale but little or no straw had been sold ahead of the harvest.
However, another seller maintained that he had pre-sold six loads of straw at €14/bale ex-field to buyers from Galway, Newry and Leitrim.
He added that the farmer buyers had dramatically increased their order size, with one potential customer pre-ordering 600 large square (8x4x4) bales.
Further south, sellers in Tipperary and Waterford have sold at €12-14 per bale ex-field, although demand appears to have slackened off slightly in the past week.