Straw trade on fire as prices soar to €60/ac on the flat
Strong competition between farmers and traders continues to drive on straw prices.
Tillage farmers in Meath and Louth said the equivalent of €60/ac was being offered for straw on the flat, where a top of €32/ac was paid last year.
The buoyant trade for straw comes as a welcome boost for grain growers battling to make progress in the main crop harvest.
Combines were halted by the rains in much of the country yesterday and the outlook for the remainder of the week is for broken, showery weather.
Farmers report a particularly strong demand for wheaten straw, with prices of €38-40 being quoted for 8x4x4 bales in south Kildare and Carlow. Around €29-30 was paid for 8x4x3 bales.
Most of the buying is being done by beef finishers, with much of the straw heading to the North, traders said.
Large bales of barley straw are also trading for €38-40 for 8x4x4 bales, with up to €30 paid for 8x4x3 bales.
In South Tipperary 4x4 bales of barley straw off the field are still making around €14/bale. Oaten straw is generally making €12/bale.