Straw Baling

puntabrava

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Location
Wiltshire
So what price per bale for a 120x90 weighing 450-500kgs.
£6.50



That’s why there is no money in it,
early eighties £5 bale, Hesston 4800 cost price ? Guessing 25k, tractor TW 25 30k? Driver £4hr diesel 12ppl string £15 double spool

Year 2020, XD Massey 120k Fendt 900 series 90k (used value) driver £15 fuel 40ppl string £43 double spool.

Not difficult to see who earns the money,
I will not contract bale for anyone unless I draw the straw out at my pricing in the winter. You cannot send quarter million pounds out working for farmers, only a fool.
 
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Joe Boy

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Location
Essex
£6.50



That’s why there is no money in it,
early eighties £5 bale, Hesston 4800 cost price ? Guessing 25k, tractor TW 25 30k? Driver £4hr diesel 12ppl string £15 double spool

Year 2020, XD Massey 120k Fendt 900 series 90k (used value) driver £15 fuel 40ppl string £43 double spool.

Not difficult to see who earns the money,
I will not contract bale for anyone unless I draw the straw out at my pricing in the winter. You cannot send quarter million pounds out working for farmers, only a fool.


£5 per bale in the 80’s! Is that right?
 

puntabrava

Member
Location
Wiltshire
£5 per bale in the 80’s! Is that right?
There was no competition, long time before the NH D1000, now many farmers own big square balers never mind contractors, probably the person who earns the most money is the person with good old reliable horsepower and a mid nineties baler with very good mechanical knowledge. Shiny kit does not pay.
 
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Chae1

Member
Location
Aberdeenshire
Used to be a dream to get out of a thin barley crop (not that you probably see many of those up there) and into some wheat, you need the flakes going through to push the knots of the billhooks well. Was like night and day.
Never thought I'd say it, but bouts of spring barley straw far too big last year. Bloody stuff was lumping under tractor and couldn't get a even feed into baler. Was a horrible job. Plenty bales though. Needed a crop press. Had a full length belly sheet from front of tractor to baler.

I much prefer baling wheat straw, that's what hesstons were designed for.
 

Hesston4860s

Member
Location
Nr Lincoln
There was no competition, long time before the NH D1000, now many farmers own big square bakers never mind contractors, probably the person who earns the most money is the person with good old reliable horsepower and a mid nineties baler with very good mechanical knowledge. Shiny kit does not pay.

you mean like this ? But the balers a 2002.

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beefandsleep

Member
Location
Staffordshire
£6.50



That’s why there is no money in it,
early eighties £5 bale, Hesston 4800 cost price ? Guessing 25k, tractor TW 25 30k? Driver £4hr diesel 12ppl string £15 double spool

Year 2020, XD Massey 120k Fendt 900 series 90k (used value) driver £15 fuel 40ppl string £43 double spool.

Not difficult to see who earns the money,
I will not contract bale for anyone unless I draw the straw out at my pricing in the winter. You cannot send quarter million pounds out working for farmers, only a fool.

£6.50 would be a dream round here, in fact £5 would be too.
I’ve a quadrant baler and struggle to get £3.50, waste of time, just do my own now.
 

puntabrava

Member
Location
Wiltshire
£6.50 would be a dream round here, in fact £5 would be too.
I’ve a quadrant baler and struggle to get £3.50, waste of time, just do my own now.
That’s for 120x90 XD bales, they can take it or leave it for me. Days get shorter from where they were 20 years ago, did 12500 Hesstons one year with one Baler, never a hope in the last ten years.
 

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