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edstrong

  • Joined Jun 2015
Cost of cutting and baling haylage
« on: September 16, 2019, 09:03:49 am »
Hi, can anyone kindly give me some guidance on how much it would cost to cut and bail (but leave on field) 3 acres of haylage (in Shropshire). Thanks!

Buttermilk

  • Joined Jul 2014
Re: Cost of cutting and baling haylage
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2019, 02:42:44 pm »
Our contractors charge by the bale but he does us when he is doing next door so does not have to factor in travelling.

edstrong

  • Joined Jun 2015
Re: Cost of cutting and baling haylage
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2019, 02:54:38 pm »
We had 28 bales (big round 4 foot bales) off the field this year.

bj_cardiff

  • Joined Feb 2017
  • Carmarthenshire
Re: Cost of cutting and baling haylage
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2019, 04:50:35 pm »
Not much help I'm afraid but I think it will be a lot.. You need to take into account that the contractor will charge you for his travel and time taken to do the actual job, so 30ph x how ever many hours it took (including travel).

The travel will probably cost a lot, especially if he traveled to cut, came back a couple of times to turn, then row up and another time to bale up.

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
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Re: Cost of cutting and baling haylage
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2019, 11:18:47 pm »
I've no idea if your local rates will be similar to ours, but we have just had a 4.4 acre field mowed, turned, baled and wrapped for small bale haylage by a local farmer.

We got 230 bales and his bill was 720+VAT.

The sward was reasonably thick, but the grass was not overlong, so that's not a huge number of bales for that size of field.

Our guy is very local to us, and didn't charge us for travel time.

There was a price per bale for baling and for wrapping, plus an hourly rate for mowing, turning and rowing up.

I imagine large bales will be cheaper for the same amount of grass.


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Re: Cost of cutting and baling haylage
« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2019, 09:15:11 am »
I've no idea if your local rates will be similar to ours, but we have just had a 4.4 acre field mowed, turned, baled and wrapped for small bale haylage by a local farmer.

We got 230 bales and his bill was 720+VAT.
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Which works out at 3.75 per bale ..  I bought some  and had it delivered to barn for little more without panic of watching weather.
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