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No but farmers who buy the odd load often pay a lot more so distorting the avarage on farm price as a guide. If its a guide your after. if you used £100 ex farm midlands Eastern Counties you would not be far off . And flush the auction prices down the loo as irrelevant
Is this not how an average works, not really an average if you want to dismiss the high price, because you surely don't deliver it for free either.
 

puntabrava

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Wiltshire
An auction sets a level for any commodity, whether it is straw, cars or cattle, the private sellers price has to have a base. Many straw buyers deal with the same farmer’s continually for supply and will look to lift the product away at less than the open market price, it is business, it is not illegal.
If you do not open your eyes you will open your wallet.
 

puntabrava

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Wiltshire
I do own a baler. Bought off a lovely straw man . And we did not have to go to a baler auction to decide on a price
This is what business is about, both parties being happy with a deal, but the price is set by auction results.
Many farmers sell straw to a merchant that they know
A, will turn up for collection when stated
B, will return next year
C, will furnish CORRECT weighbridge tickets
d, will pay and be trusted to pay
The farmers that chase the last £5 note of a deal are the ones that over a period will fall on their faces.
 
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balerman

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N Devon
An auction sets a level for any commodity, whether it is straw, cars or cattle, the private sellers price has to have a base. Many straw buyers deal with the same farmer’s continually for supply and will look to lift the product away at less than the open market price, it is business, it is not illegal.
If you do not open your eyes you will open your wallet.
Sometimes but not always,sometimes they are run up by dealers then don’t reach an artificial reserve in order to create a false bottom to the market.Luckily most farmers will see through this and buy elsewhere.
 

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