Straw prices steady: €35-40/bale quoted in the west of Ireland
Straw prices have remained steady over the past number of weeks. It has been just over a month since AgriLand‘s last round-up of prices and, for the most part, prices haven’t changed much.
The lowest price found by AgriLand on this round-up was €25/bale for a round 4X4 bale of barley straw. The highest price quoted for round 4X4 bales of barley straw stood at €40/bale.
Once again, prices vary hugely across different regions. €25/bale (round 4X4) was found in the counties of Dublin, Wicklow and Cork. These lower prices are most prominent in Leinster and the main tillage regions of the country.
However, a figure of €30/bale was reported in the counties of Kildare, Kilkenny and Wexford. Up to €40/bale was quoted for 4X4 round bales of barley straw in Co. Meath.
€35/bale is now a standard price across the west of Ireland and it seems to be the base price for 4X4 bales in this part of the country. This price was reported in the counties of Galway, Mayo and Donegal.
Looking at prices in the north of the country, round bales are moving for £30/bale.
In addition, big squares are getting harder to come across as the season moves on. 8X3X3 bales were priced at €75/bale in Co. Donegal and at £74/bale in Co. Fermanagh.
Furthermore, customers should shop around for straw and ask to see bales where possible.