If you take the average price of a silage bale at around £20+, putting in rough contractor costs (mow, ted, rake, bale) will work out minimum £10/bale on a 10 bale /acre crop.
Fertiliser can easily be £30/acre which leaves you around £7 for just the grass.
Obviously not many 10 bale crops...
We buy straw like this off one farm, agree the average price per acre locally then just divide by the tonne /bale.
Seems to work well and like you say, fair to both sides.
Good crop we pay a bit more, but not paying for bare patches, poor crop in a year like this.
I'm surprised about the mchale, maybe depends on how fast they go. A roller baler makes a tighter bale if you go steadier.
We had a krone to try several years ago and the new holland we had at the time had to go a lot further to make a bale. And noisy as you say.
Could be, I can't speak for others but I like to take pride in what I do and produce.
My concern would be if I made soft bales then word would soon get round and any extra "profit" would be shortlived.
I'm not a mchale fan myself but that's more down to backup than the machines.
Quite agree. We try to not take on too much work so can be on time for our customers.
We have I think, a good relationship with our dealer so should problems occur they are sorted quickly or a backup provided.
Also if I think back to balers we used to run, (which might be low cost machines now...
That's quite funny.
I have seen other posts that suggest the opposite though (could be made up obviously) that a lot of vegan foods were left on the shelves.
Even in a crisis no one wants it.
Not sure which I like the most :finger:
Fairly modest compared to some but in our shed there is....
Jcb 526-55 (1995)
JD c441r combi baler
JD f310r and 331 front and rear mowers
Kuhn 7 metre rake
Kuhn 7 metre tedder
krm m2w fert spreader
Amazone 3 meter power harrow
Accord 4 row maize drill (was a 6 but we cut it down...
Crikey, they don't even sound like the same breed as we have.
Ours are all pretty quiet apart from the odd one that can be a bit protective after calving but settles down after a day or two.
The only thing I can suggest is the lad we had ours off originally has 2 herds on 2 farms.
One lot are...