How much for selling a cut of grass silage?

jackrussell101

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Mixed Farmer
So due to business reduction and circumstances this year I may have some surplus grass to sell from June, I would aim to sell it to a neighbour with him silaging it, but how much would I charge per tonne fresh weight over the weighbridge in the new world of high fert prices etc etc?

I would be putting the fert on, he would just literally turn up to silage it and incur the costs of harvesting.

All good quality grass leys that would do for dairy cows.
 

Sheep

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Location
Northern Ireland
Cost of annual rent divided by 4 (for 12 weeks of grass, even if its only 8 weeks, add the extra month since its prime time of year)
Plus cost of fertiliser application
Plus cost of replacing nutrients (may or may not be done by the farmer silaging)

Thats by the area rather than ton. When it comes to selling by the ton, we shoot for £100-110t/DM. Probably be more like £140 this year (Around £40/t fresh!)
 

aangus

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Location
cumbria
So due to business reduction and circumstances this year I may have some surplus grass to sell from June, I would aim to sell it to a neighbour with him silaging it, but how much would I charge per tonne fresh weight over the weighbridge in the new world of high fert prices etc etc?

I would be putting the fert on, he would just literally turn up to silage it and incur the costs of harvesting.

All good quality grass leys that would do for dairy cows.
It used to be £6/green bale, (taker does all the mowing-carting away) that was before inputs inflation
 

Simple life

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Livestock Farmer
I pay £120 an acre and get 3 cuts of silage having applied roughly 350 kg of fert an acre at £944 a tonne.I get 20 bales an acre for all 3 cuts =£450÷20 bales =£22.50 a bale and we haven't started with cost of doing the job.
 

Simple life

Member
Livestock Farmer
So due to business reduction and circumstances this year I may have some surplus grass to sell from June, I would aim to sell it to a neighbour with him silaging it, but how much would I charge per tonne fresh weight over the weighbridge in the new world of high fert prices etc etc?

I would be putting the fert on, he would just literally turn up to silage it and incur the costs of harvesting.

All good quality grass leys that would do for dairy cows.
In round bales £26 a bale
 
So due to business reduction and circumstances this year I may have some surplus grass to sell from June, I would aim to sell it to a neighbour with him silaging it, but how much would I charge per tonne fresh weight over the weighbridge in the new world of high fert prices etc etc?

I would be putting the fert on, he would just literally turn up to silage it and incur the costs of harvesting.

All good quality grass leys that would do for dairy cows.

Think about the nutrient off take at the very least. P and K offtake could be substantial if yield is heavy. If you wanted to keep the buyer sweet for a potential arrangement in future I would say he pays you X an acre but also agrees to put his slurry back on it?

I would tell him that the price you sell at will depend on how much fresh weight is sat there after mowing. If it is a lighter crop because the weather was dry then it will be less painful for him and less nutrients being taken away for you.
 

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...
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