Slurry spreading: How much does it cost?

As slurry season approaches AgriLand has been pricing the cost of spreading in different parts of the country. There is a large variation in prices with equipment and location.

In this short article, we provide a quick glimpse of a selection of prices (charge-out rates) being touted (in advertisements) around the country. These figures are simply those that were observed at the time of writing.

Farmers who wish to spread with a trailing shoe will pay at the higher end of the spectrum. AgriLand spoke with a contractor in Co. Clare, spreading with a 2,000-gallon tanker and a tractor with a 40kph transmission. The cost is €55/hour (plus VAT), while agitation is a further €60/hour (plus VAT).

In Co. Meath, a 2,500-gallon tanker with a trailing shoe, behind a 40kph transmission, is costing €50/hour (plus VAT), while agitation is €60/hour (plus VAT).

In Co. Laois, €80/hour (plus VAT) was quoted for a 2,500-gallon tanker, while agitation was costing €55/hour (plus VAT).

Guide rates provided by the FCI (Association of Farm and Forestry Contractors in Ireland) recently suggested a charge-out rate of €80/hour (plus VAT) for a 2,500-gallon tanker with a trailing shoe.

Splash-plates

Moving to splash-plates, in Co. Carlow, a smaller 1,600-gallon tanker behind a 50kph tractor is costing €35/hour (plus VAT), while agitation is set at €50/hour (plus VAT).

In Co. Laois, €40/hour (plus VAT) was quoted for a 2,500-gallon tanker, while agitation was €50/hour in the same set up.

A 2,250-gallon tanker in Co. Tipperary was costing €48/hour (including VAT).

The FCI’s ‘guide’ rate for slurry spreading with a 1,500-gallon tanker is approximately €40/hour (plus VAT).

This would rise to €60/hour for a 2,500-gallon tanker; or €80/hour for a 3,000-gallon unit.