Report

Hay Report



Dairy Australia generates a hay report to help farmers make more informed decisions when buying hay. The hay report is updated 40 times per year and provides an independent and timely assessment of hay markets in each dairy region.

Hay prices by location

Select a location to view the hay price:

  • Location: Atherton Tablelands

    Week Ending20 November 2020
  • Location: Darling Downs

    Week Ending20 November 2020
  • Location: North Coast NSW

    Week Ending20 November 2020
  • Location: Central West NSW

    Week Ending20 November 2020
  • Location: Bega Valley

    Week Ending20 November 2020
  • Location: Gippsland

    Week Ending20 November 2020
  • Location: Goulburn & Murray Valley

    Week Ending20 November 2020
  • Location: South West Victoria

    Week Ending20 November 2020
  • Location: South East SA

    Week Ending20 November 2020
  • Location: Central SA

    Week Ending20 November 2020
  • Location: South West SA

    Week Ending20 November 2020
  • Location: North West Tasmania

    Week Ending13 November 2020

National Summary

National background comments: report for the week ending 20 November 2020.

The next update will be on Friday 27 November 2020. Direct links to reports on each dairy region immediately follow this national summary for hay.

Hay making conditions have improved in southern Australia in November, and later crops have done well, compared to crops harvested in October. New season cereal and vetch hay production is expected to be completed within the fortnight, except for in Tasmania.

Corn is being planted in northern Victoria for chop silage. In comparison, farmers in south Gippsland have been left with very wet paddocks and most will not get the opportunity to plant corn this season.

Warmer temperatures and summer rain will finish off feed in many areas. Demand for purchased fodder is expected to remain quite subdued until autumn. As a result, little to no trading is taking place in most regions.

The continued strength in the cattle market has impacted eastern Australia, with stock numbers significantly reduced in many parts.

Some reports suggest that exporters are looking to Western Australia for good quality hay this season.

We caution buyers and recommend feed-testing and viewing fodder before purchasing to be sure of quality of the feed.

State Summaries

Northern Australia - Summary

  • Demand in the Atherton Tablelands remains steady with only a small amount of product moving for weaner and boat cattle.
  • Atherton Tablelands have experienced varied hay making conditions this season.
  • The Darling Downs new season cereal hay is now in the bail, some of this has been impacted by late rain.
  • Reports suggest a significant reduction in hay being made in the area this year as parts of Queensland remain dry.
  • Summer rainfall would be ideal to carry rhodes grass and lucerne crops through.
  • There appears to be an overall reduction in cattle numbers in the area this season.

Southern Australia - Summary

  • Rain in New South Wales and Victoria have made for some very wet hay making conditions over the past month.
  • In New South Wales and northern Victoria some continue to cut hay with reports suggesting some of the biggest crops seen in years. Yields are expected to be 10/tonne and above for cereal crops.
  • Growers in central South Australia and into the Mallee are finishing off the season now with significantly weather damaged hay.
  • Growers are anticipating a significant amount of hay to be made this season. Many making sure they have the undercover storage now to carry as much as they can, as demand is expected to slow for some time.

Western Australia - Summary

  • There is minimal demand for hay at present and demand is expected to remain subdue until new season hay is available, with a majority of it destined for export markets depending on quality.
  • The export industry continues to dominate the market and is a solid indicator on pricing. Exporters continue to seek out quality hay and as a result will set the market price
  • After a dry start in Western Australia, the season has finished well with reports of crops yielding up to 9/tonne across the wheat belt.
  • Good rain that came late in the season has been ideal for finishing off crops in many parts of the state. There are areas, especially in the east, that have missed out on significant rainfall and growers are expecting yields to be below average.
  • Prices remain strong for all fodder types in Western Australia.

Price change in table below reflects moves since previous report (13 November 2020)

All Location Hay Prices

19 November 2020

Cereal

Lucerne

Straw

Pasture

Atherton Tablelands
Price range
Change
N/A
N/A
N/A
$300 - $330
$25
Darling Downs
Price range
Change
$300 - $320
Steady
$400 - $450
Steady
$60 - $70
Steady
$200 - $240
Steady
North Coast NSW
Price range
Change
$250 - $300
-$10
$400 - $450
Steady
$100 - $150
Steady
$220 - $250
Steady
Central West NSW
Price range
Change
$240 - $280
Steady
$500 - $700
Steady
$60 - $80
Steady
$160 - $200
Steady
Bega Valley
Price range
Change
$350 - $400
Steady
$600 - $650
Steady
$200 - $230
Steady
$400 - $500
Steady
Gippsland
Price range
Change
$280 - $330
Steady
$550 - $650
Steady
$70 - $85
Steady
$130 - $150
Steady
Goulburn & Murray Valley
Price range
Change
$190 - $220
Steady
$450 - $500
Steady
$80 - $100
Steady
$250 - $330
Steady
South West Victoria
Price range
Change
$200 - $230
Steady
$500 - $600
Steady
$60 - $80
Steady
$150 - $180
Steady
South East SA
Price range
Change
$220 - $250
Steady
$330 - $350
Steady
$100 - $120
Steady
$180 - $200
Steady
Central SA
Price range
Change
$200 - $250
Steady
$400 - $480
Steady
$90 - $140
Steady
N/A
South West SA
Price range
Change
$280 - $350
-$35
$450 - $490
Steady
$120 - $140
Steady
$200 - $220
Steady
North West Tasmania
Price range
Change
$220 - $280
Steady
$300 - $350
Steady
$150 - $200
Steady
$250 - $320
Steady
Whilst all reasonable steps have been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this report, to the fullest extent permitted by Australian law Dairy Australia disclaims all liability for any inadvertent errors and for any losses or damages stemming from reliance upon its content. Dairy Australia recommends that all persons seek independent advice and, where appropriate, advice from a qualified adviser, before making any decisions about changes to business strategy.

About the Hay Report

Why the hay report is created

Farmers, government, industry advocacy and businesses across the supply chain require independently produced, unbiased data on the industry to inform strategic decisions and policy formation.

Hay reports provide an independent industry view, bringing together key data and insights across the supply chain and industry without any vested interest.

The hay report is created using data provided by the Australian Fodder Industry Association (AFIA).


Interpreting the reports

Hay prices are based on shedded hay without weather damage, of good quality and colour. There is a wide variation in quality for hay, so prices are indicative for a mid-range product.

Prices are estimates based on delivery to dairy farms with allowance for freight, storage, and marketing costs, but exclusive of GST. Actual prices may vary for quality or other reasons.

In this video, dairy farm manager Brian Corr explains how Dairy Australia's hay and grain email updates help him make more informed decisions on-farm.


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