How much are you paying for... silage wrap
In this instalment of how much are you paying for… we take a look at the going rate for silage wrap and netting across the country.

The Irish Farmers Journal this week carried out a survey on the cost of silage wrap and netting.

Baling activity has taken off this week and the cost of netting and silage wrap is one aspect that can influence the final cost of making a bale.

We spoke to a range of merchants from across the country to bring you the best information on what you should be paying.

Netting

Netting is averaging just under €175 for 3,600m. There are 4,500m sizes on offer in most stores and these are priced at €274.

Wraps

In comparison with previous years, where wrap was averaging €85, this year’s prices are slightly lower, with the average price across all regions quoted at €81.25.

Suppliers expect this to rise as the summer progresses and stocks start to run low.

The best deals are available for those buying in bulk. All suppliers surveyed offered keen rates for those willing to take pallets of 40, with delivery to the yard included in the cost.

The lowest price quoted was €77 in the north of the country for a single roll.

The south of the country had the most expensive rolls, costing €85 each. Slightly lower prices were available in the east and west, with rolls available at €80 and €83 respectively.

Brands

While there was small levels of variation across the country, there was large variation in price between brands.

This ranged from €5 to €10, with the quality of the wrap reported for the difference in price.

Buyers should also be mindful when purchasing of getting a six-digit code, which will have a knock-on effect on the cost of recycling the wrap later in the year.

The farmer's daily wrap: vet stand-off and counterfeit Landcruiser parts
Catch up with the headlines from the day and get a look ahead at tomorrow's weather.

Weather forecast

The west of the country will be affected by scattered showers overnight, according to Met Éireann.

Wednesday is expected to be a blustery, day with changeable rain conditions – ranging from scattered showers to hail throughout the day.

Atlantic coastal regions are expected to bear the brunt of the bad weather.

In the news

  • Gardaí recover fake Landcruiser parts worth €500,000.
  • Veterinary inspectors in factories are taking industrial action, which is having an effect on factory throughput.
  • IFA president Joe Healy has warned that there will be a knock-on effect if the national suckler herd contracts.
  • The High Court has placed a seven-week stay on a judgement ordering the detention of an indebted farmer resisting eviction from his land.
  • A number of dairy processors have set their milk price for November.
    LacPatrick holds milk price and adds winter bonus for NI suppliers
    LacPatrick has followed the lead of the majority of co-ops by holding its November milk price.

    LacPatrick Dairies has held its November milk price for suppliers both north and south of the border.

    Suppliers in the south will continue to receive 29.41c/l excluding VAT.

    Northern suppliers will receive 26.5p/l including VAT.

    They will also receive a 2p/l winter milk bonus for November milk.

    Last month, LacPatrick applied a cut of 1p/l to its October milk price for NI suppliers and said it was not in a position to pay a winter milk bonus.

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    Dairygold holds November milk price

    Gardaí recover fake Landcruiser parts worth €500,000
    Gardaí searched a premises in Monaghan as part of an investigation in counterfeit car parts.

    Gardaí have recovered up to €500,000 in counterfeit car parts, consisting mainly of Toyota Landcruiser parts, at a property in Drumgoose, Castleblaney, Co Monaghan.

    Jeep bullbars, tail lights, mud flaps and body panels, all bearing Toyota trademarked logos, were discovered by gardaí.

    The search was part of an operation investigating the importation and sale of counterfeit car parts.

    Gardaí added that no arrests were made as part of the search.

    Counterfeit Landcruiser parts.

    At the beginning of the month, gardaí recovered a large amount of stolen industrial plant, tools, trailers, vans, cars, engines and car parts with an initial estimate of up to €500,000 being recovered in Co Longford.

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    Gardaí recover €500,000 worth of stolen plant, tools and trailers

    Rural crime: ‘farmers require greater protection’