Not surprisingly, the price of straw tends to be lower in the intensive tillage areas where local demand is saturated. Straw price is highest in the west due to transport cost. Both supply and demand are slow in Donegal due to poor weather preventing baling.
Straw prices in the midlands are averaging €9-€11 for 4x4 round bales with 8x4x3 at €22/23. In Connacht, demand seems to be lively, with lorry loads of straw travelling west in recent weeks compared to other years. Some farmers feel prices will increase later in the season. Farmers seem to be buying that bit more now because of the scarcity of hay across the country.