IFA National Grain Committee Noel Delany said that growers are reporting a considerable increase in interest in grain for whole cropping, crimping, caustic treatment, dry rolling etc. over the last week. Farm-to-farm trade for cereals has increased significantly in recent years and continues to build.
Mr Delany said, “Grain off the combine represents the best value feed that money can buy. Cereals are the most versatile feed available. A wide range of proven processing/preserving options are available to suit most farm situations. Cereals are the highest energy feed ingredient and represent real value for money. Their performance is unquestionable, both in terms of increased milk proteins and carcase gain in beef animals. Trading farm-to–farm offers opportunity to both grower and feeder in terms of increased margin and considerably reduced costs.”
Mr Delany said, “Invariably once the harvest is complete, merchants will close the store doors and the price of feed will rise. Compound feed ration prices remain high despite some reduction in the cost of feed ingredients. Trading direct farm-to-farm eliminates a lot of unnecessary costs allowing increased margins both for growers and feeders.”