Farmers to increase security in an attempt to prevent the feed of thieves

  • Farmers to increase security in an attempt to prevent the feed of thieves
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    WICKLOW farmer Tom Stevenson has strengthened security measures on his farm using old agricultural equipment to block the gates in an attempt to protect the straw and hay from theft.
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WICKLOW farmer Tom Stevenson has strengthened security measures on his farm using old agricultural equipment to block the gates in an attempt to protect the straw and hay from theft.

Mr Stevenson, a drystock and tillage farmer in the Glen of Imaal, told the independent cultures that he stole bales last winter and recently there was a theft of feed at a nearby farm.

“One farmer three or four miles from me-from 130-150 bales of hay stolen, and I had 13 bales stolen last winter.

“The demand for straw is so big, I decided to lock the gate in a field of winter barley straw, trailers and tanks that people didn’t steal.

“It is quite common that hay and straw have been stolen and there is always someone who will be opportunistic and take a chance.”

Other cases of theft of straw was registered in Kilkenny and Tipperary.

Trade for straw remains exceptionally strong, according to producers of grain crops, demand driven hard breeders.

One manufacturer in Laois to characterize the level of competition on the straw, as “savage”, with barley straw, as a rule, sell from €27 and €30 per 4×4 bale. He said that farmers usually pay in advance in order to ensure delivery.

The prices are even higher in the Northern half of the country, farmers from six Counties adding demand.

Up to £ 35-40, was cited for 4×4 bales from the top and 100 euros for a 8x4x4 bales.

“The market for straw is just crazy. It’s like the lottery; you will pay what you ask for,” said one Louth farmer.

PHOTO: ROGER JONES

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