The Association of Farm and Forestry Contractors in Ireland has urged its members to ‘plan a return on your silage machinery investment in 2019.’
Releasing a statement on Facebook on Sunday (June 9th), it said: “It has been a wet week at silage over the past 7 days and the forecast for the week ahead is no better.”
Agricultural contractors are being advised to “use the downtime” to examine costs, plan any improvements to harvesting systems and to prepare invoices for work completed to date.
“With over 50 new self-propelled silage harvesters in action, it’s time to ensure that the value of your investment and your effort and that of your teams are recognised.”
“Don’t cut corners, cut costs and most of all, don’t cut charges to feed the appetite of expensive machines.”
Michael Moroney – FCI Ireland CEO –acknowledged that the changes in weather have had a “huge implication” in terms of silage harvesting costs this year.
He noted that grass yields and grass moisture levels have increased. “Diesel usage is going to increase and the cost of harvesting system, in terms of the number of trailers per acre of grass harvested will increase.”
He stated that on average, a modern 100hp tractor will cost €50/hr (excluding the price of a trailer) – as reported by us here.
“It is important that you get paid for the job; make sure you get a proper rate for the work you are doing,” he stressed.