Hay and straw remain in good demand, as many farmers are in the middle of the lambing and calving period. Hay is currently sitting at €15-30 for a 4×4 bale.

However, price does vary between regions. Farmers in Leinster can expect to pay anything from €10-25/bale. Hay is making €23-30/bale in Connacht, while it is trading for €15-20/bale in Ulster.

Sample hay prices:
  • Wicklow €25
  • Wexford €15
  • Kerry €25
  • Meath 20
  • Mayo €25
  • Cork €22

Straw also continues to remain in good demand, as it is the primary material used in calving and lambing pens.

Prices on Donedeal show that straw is being sold out of the sheds at €9-13/bale in Leinster and Munster. But farmers in Connacht and Ulster can expect to pay €20-25/bale and €15-17/bale respectively.

Sample straw prices:
  • Mayo €20
  • Sligo €20
  • Tyrone €17
  • Tipperary €12
  • Cork €13
  • Offaly €12
  • Meath €10

Despite the prices of hay and straw remaining relatively unchanged, the price of a 4×4 bale of silage appears to be a little easier.

This is especially the case in the south of the country, where some farmers are starting to turnout stock.

Silage is trading at the lowest price in Munster, where deals are being done at €10-20/bale. A similar story is also evident in Leinster with farmers shelling out €15-20/bale.

But farmers in the areas worst affected by flooding can expect to pay a little bit more for silage. Silage is currently being offered for €20-25/bale in Connacht.

Sample silage prices:
  • Clare €10
  • Cork €20
  • Leitrim €20
  • Roscommon €25
  • Wexford €15
  • Longford €12