Straw has many uses, including roughage in feedlot diets, maintenance of dry cows, or as a drought supplement, garden mulch, mushroom production or animal bedding. It has limited nutritional value; on a dry matter basis straw is expensive to transport because legal payloads of straw on a truck of any size are rare.
If I Bale Straw, Can Feed Central Sell It?
Yes, Feed Central can advertise and market your Straw for sale and we often have contracts open.
High-density bales & heavy bale weights are highly desired advantages with Straw, as well as clean bales and the Straw being bright in colour and fresh in smell.
Long or Short Straw Lengths?
The long and short of it is… Feedlots/ration inputs are generally looking for straw with consistent length of 12-15cm, well-made bales with good colour, no dirt and a fresh smell. Long straw is still popular with mushroom industry and some others.
Barley straw traditionally has attracted a slightly higher price than wheat straw, but this has gradually become less so. Price has become a big driving factor, as long as the grade/quality is equivalent.
Buyers Update (by Tim Ford) Trade was brisk up until the middle of last week and then slowed to take a breath as the current weather front unfolds. This is quite typical of the Fodder market, but even as I pen this brief report, enquiries are building again; I
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Bales wrapped in plastic are commonly referred to as Silage Bales. These Silage bales are often wrapped in colourful plastic. We are often asked if these different colours of wrap mean anything? Hay Bales or Silage Bales wrapped in different colours has no real meaning. The different colours are