Differences have emerged between Boortmalt and malting barley growers over the price being charged by the company for seed.
While a Boortmalt representative told the Farming Independent that the company was selling the malting barley variety Planet to contracted growers for €565/t, farmers claimed they had been charged €650-670/t for the seed.
The Irish Grain Growers Association (IGGA) maintained that malting barley growers from Laois to south Wexford had been quoted €85/t to €105/t above the Boortmalt quoted price for seed.
However, a Boortmalt representative reiterated that the company charged €565/t for Planet.
Meanwhile, the IGGA also claimed that malting barley growers in Wexford, on acceptance of certain varieties, were being informed that they would have to transport their harvested grain to Athy at their own cost.
The IGGA said this move would effectively push long-term malting barley growers out of the industry.
“This sector is seen as one of the growth areas in arable farming, yet growers are being pushed to the brink by companies who are intent on taking every available opportunity to squeeze farmers’ margins,” the IGGA claimed.