Are you paying over the odds for building materials?

Some farmers are paying over the odds for building materials, according to a recent IFA price survey.

Its Inputs Project Team Chairman James McCarthy has challenged building materials’ suppliers to explain the excessive price differential, which is costing farmers thousands of euros each year and impacting on farm incomes.

Commenting on the results of IFA’s building materials price survey he said, nationally, the average price for concrete per cubic metre is €69, however this disguises the fact that farmers in counties including Kerry pay 33% more for concrete, with farmers in Donegal, Mayo, Leitrim, Waterford and Cork all paying above the average.

The IFA building materials survey also reveals a 38% price differential in 4 inch trunking stone, with farmers in Mayo and Westmeath being charged €8.55/t, while farmers in Kerry are being charged €11.00/t.

James McCarthy has called on farmers to continue to challenge their building materials suppliers to explain the excessive prices and to ensure competitively priced building materials are offered.

The results come as many farmers look to take advantage of new farm building grants announced by the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney this year.

IFA Survey Results

 

35 Newton Concrete (per m3).  Full load, no additive/belt

4″ trunking stone per tonne
Leinster    
Carlow €65.00 €9.00
Dublin €65.10 €9.00
Kildare €68.00 €10.00
Kilkenny €62.00 €8.00
Laois €65.00 €8.50
Longford €65.00 €8.00
Louth €68.00 €9.00
Meath €65.00 €7.50
Offaly €58.00 €8.00
Westmeath €57.00 €9.00
Wexford €68.98 €9.35
Wicklow €70.00 €8.50
Munster    
Clare €69.00 €9.00
Limerick €80.00 €9.95
Tipperary North €67.00 €8.00
Tipperary South €70.00 €7.50
Waterford €71.00 €9.00
Cork North €72.00 €8.50
Cork West €70.00 €10.00
Cork Central €75.00 €8.15
Kerry €85.00 €11.00
Ulster (part)    
Donegal €75.80 €8.50
Cavan €69.00 €7.75
Monaghan €72.00 €6.80
Connacht    
Galway €65.00 €8.50
Leitrim €71.00 €9.50
Mayo €71.10 €6.82
Roscommon €65.00 €7.00
Sligo €78.00 €8.00
National Average  

€69.07

 

 

€8.55