Unsure prices for Scottish barley


31 August 1999


Unsure prices for Scottish barley


SCOTLAND is on target to achieve a good barley harvest this year, but a prices are still uncertain, according to a report in The Herald.

Total barley production is expected to reach 1.4 million tonnes, of which 85% to 90% is likely to be in the useable category for the malting trade.

Domestic demand is for a maximum of 800,000 tonnes and there is speculation that the excess will be sold into England.

The continuing strength of the pound militates against sales into Europe.

Ex-farm prices for feed barley are currently at about £67.50/t, which translates to about £85/t for malting barley.

The intervention price is around £73/t.

  • The Herald 31/08/99 page 22

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