Interesting Developments

I'm hearing reports of UK farmers being offered "silly money" for their standing wheat to make whole crop silage due to a lack of available forage.

Reports suggest that the hot and dry weather means that many farmers have only half the hay this year they would normally expect to make.

One typical farmer I've heard about has a large and a small silage clamp. Usually the first-cut fills the first, and the second-cut the second. This year he says that both cuts have only just filled the large clamp.

UK hay and straw prices are reported to currently be between 20% and 40% higher than last year

Big square bale barley straw is currently fetching GBP50-80/tonne ex-farm, with hay prices reportedly between GBP60-GBP80/tonne ex-farm.

An ideal time then to buy some cheap lucerne pellets instead then? here