Winter Linseed Marketing and Prices
Markets and Prices
Once Winter linseed has been harvested, the seed is traded as normal Linseed and there is no difference between it and Spring Linseed. However, due to the early harvest, not only is there a much greater likelihood of harvesting the crop dry but also a greater likelihood of producing a good quality sample.
Hedge Price to Secure Profits
Linseed is a small crop (1.5-2 Mt only) with few major suppliers. Canada was the major source, but largely historic GM contamination issues have allowed Ukraine, Russia and Kazakhstan make inroads into Europe. The Linseed market has proved to be notoriously volatile, so for the UK grower, the over-riding factor is to manage risk, avoiding low prices rather than aiming for the highs.
Over the last 5 years, the linseed price has been anywhere between £275 and £425
Our advice is always to secure a sensible price, for an easily achievable quality (i.e. for crushing/compounding rather than for human consumption quality). To grow Linseed without having first locked into a price, or to depend on achieving high quality, is to take a huge gamble.
Our customers benefit from a range of marketing options including:
- Fixed prices
- Minimum prices
- Up to 20% premiums available over base linsed price
- Combinations of the above
- Any like for like offer beaten - Guaranteed!
In 2016/17 Premium Crops Contracts out-performed the open market by an average of £45/mt
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Most Linseed is crushed to produce technical oils for use in paints and varnishes. The oil is not used for human consumption. An increasing market for Linseed is for specialist animal feed, based on the naturally high Omega 3 content of Linseed. Premium Crops is the exclusive UK supplier of Linseed to Valorex, a French animal feed company. They buy over 55,000 tonnes of Linseed each year for use in animal feeds. Livestock fed on Linseed-based feeds produce meat and milk with improved Omega 3 content. The animals themselves show significant benefits. For example, dairy cows fed on this feed show:
- Improved milk yield
- Increased fertility
- Reduced acidosis
- Improved body condition
- Reduced methane output
For further information about Valorex (French website) click HERE