Posted: 26/11/2014 at 14:44
Does anyone know if there is a current subsidy for storing straw? We've noticed tons and tons of it being moved around the back roads this year. The harvest was ages ago, but still there are dozens of lorries and tractors hauling bails of straw around. It seems it keeps disappearing from one store, only to return again a few days later, then be moved again. I'm suspicious!
Although harvest was a while ago, now is the time of year that more dairy cattle are being housed rather than being outside, so the arable farmers who grew the straw will be selling it to the dairy farmers who need it.
Also you may have a straw-burning power plant near you, there are several here in East Anglia - this will cause a lot of haulier traffic in the area moving straw about - sometimes it's accumulated and stored in a holding area then moved on. Not sure how energy-efficient that all is, but there you go ....