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Straw Prices on the Rise

January 2024

Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s dedicated West Country fodder auctions continue to attract good levels of demand for straw and increasing demand for silage as the 2023/2024 winter progresses. Each month of the winter season, GTH run two sales of winter feed stocks with an online timed auction covering the West Country, alongside a traditional live auction at Sedgemoor Auction Centre of fodder for immediate delivery.

During November and December the delivered straw values were ranging from £90-£110/tonne, depending on type; whilst in January 2024 this lifted to £110-£130/tonne.

First rate hay in the right location or suitable to travel attracted good levels of interest early in the season, however a flood of second quality round bale hay is now coming to the market with more limited interest levels.

To the end of 2023, we saw plentiful supply of fodder with vendor’s expectations above the market; however with the season progressing and the demand naturally increasing, buyers and sellers values begin to align.

Headline values (ex farm) from the January sales: round hay to £16/bale, round silage to £20/bale, clamp silage to £25/tonne, 6 string wheat straw to £48/bale. The sale of delivered fodder from Sedgemoor Auction Centre saw barley straw to £126/tonne, wheat straw to £112/tonne and hay to £118/tonne. 

As we head into the February sale, traditionally the busiest fodder auction for Greenslade Taylor Hunt, vendors are reminded to get their entries in and to ensure realistic values are assigned in order to achieve a competitive sale.

All enquires to 01752 393737 – James Wotton

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