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Farmers Given Advice on Straw Buying

01 May 2013

UK – Farmers are being advised by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (ADHB) about the importance of appropriate forward planning and storage of straw.

Straw bedding costs could be £14 a tonne higher because of moisture which is why the AHDB has launched a new web page to help.

Nigel Penlington, BPEX Environment Manager says, "The key points for all livestock producers are, firstly, to plan their straw or bedding sourcing early, secondly, to take a professional approach to secure a mutually beneficial deal and, thirdly, to ensure straw storage and usage is as efficient as possible."

"If you are paying £70 per tonne, yet wasting a fifth due to moisture in the top and bottom bales of straw stacks, then you are actually paying £84 per tonne."

• The web page provides guidance on negotiating 'muck for straw' agreements to help producers secure straw supplies, as well as information on reducing waste and financial losses during storage.

• It also looks at the options for arable growers, with information from the HGCA on the profit potential from selling straw for livestock bedding or energy production, rather than incorporating it into the soil.

• There are many different factors driving decision-making about straw, both for cereal growers and livestock producers, and this web resource centre provides all the information in one place.

• Visit the web page at

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