There is large variation in silage prices across the country. Quality is also variable and farmers need to choose carefully when parting with their money.
Farmers should ask sellers when the silage was cut and baled to get a better understanding of what they are buying, as there is good-quality silage available.
There is also some of last year’s silage floating around and, while it may still be good quality, farmers should look before they buy – no matter when it was made.
The lowest price that AgriLand came across was €20/bale in Co. Wexford.
In the midlands, prices were coming in at €22/bale in Co. Laois and Co. Westmeath. In Co. Carlow, bales were moving for €27/bale and were as high as €30/bale in Co. Offaly. This €30/bale price was matched in Co. Dublin.
Moving up the country, €25/bale was being asked for in the counties of Louth and Meath. €23-25 was the going rate in Co. Monaghan, depending on quality.
Prices were generally higher in the more northern parts of the country and stood at £30/bale in the counties of Fermanagh and Antrim.
In the west, €30/bale seems to be the standard price whether you’re in the counties of Donegal, Mayo, Clare or Kerry.