High demand drives straw trade – Straw prices vary by €10/bale
High demand for straw has seen the price remain high, with 4×4 round bales selling between €8-18/bale depending on location.
The higher demand for straw has seen prices improve by €2-3/bale in some locations compared to the same time last year.
Poor weather conditions during the harvest of later crops has also seen a lot of straw yet to baled and this has limited the availability of quality feed straw available on the market.
Straw prices vary by €10/bale
According to straw prices on Donedeal, the price of a 4×4 round bale can vary by as much as €8/bale, while there is also significant price variation depending on location.
Meanwhile, prices on Donedeal indicate that farmers in the west can expect to pay a little more to secure straw, with farmers in Co. Galway paying between €15-18/bale.
Straw prices are also higher in Ulster and farmers in Co. Down and Co. Tyrone can expect to pay between €12-16/bale.
- Louth – €12
- Carlow – €10
- Kildare – €8
- Tipperary – €10
- Limerick – €12
- Galway – €15-18
- Tyrone – €16
- Down – €12
This time last year, straw prices in the Munster region were as low as €8/bale, but prices have increased this year with bales in Co. Tipperary and Co. Limerick being advertised at €10/bale and €12/bale respectively.
Farmers looking to purchase the larger 8x4x3 bales will pay between €17-25, with Co. Down proving to be the cheapest location to by these bales.
- Meath – €25
- Louth – €22
- Carlow – €20
- Down – €17