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National summary

National background comments: report for the week ending 11th October, 2019.

The next update will be on Friday 25th October, 2019. Direct links to reports on each dairy region immediately follow this national summary for hay.

Further new season hay came onto the market this week. Hay is being made in the Atherton Tablelands, the Darling Downs, central west NSW, north coast NSW, southeast South Australia (the north of the region), central South Australia, and southwest Western Australia.

The Goulburn Valley is about a week off making hay. With a lot of frost damaged crops in southern NSW being turned into hay, many farmers in the Goulburn Valley who were going to cut for hay may now try and harvest grain instead. Silage is being made in south Gippsland and southwest Victoria.

With new season hay coming onto the market we are seeing hay prices ease. There is a lot of hay on the ground and parts of the nation a lot of this hay is committed and moving fast.

Cereal hay prices have eased this week in Bega, Gippsland, southwest Victoria, central South Australia, and southeast South Australia. Price changes have also been noted in the Atherton Tablelands, the Darling Downs and northwest Tasmania.

There is a lot of hay being transported around the country of varying quality. We caution buyers and recommend feed-testing and viewing fodder before purchasing to be sure of quality of the feed.

Northern Australia - Summary

  • New season hay is being made in some parts of the region and is on the market. Supply is limited with a lot of hay being carted into the region from the southern parts of the nation.
  • With few crops sown and prevailing dry conditions, there will be limited hay made this season for parts of the region.
  • There are some failed crops being made into hay in the region but these a few.
  • Securing long term, reliable supplies of quality hay may well be an issue for the north as the year progresses with demand expected to be greater than supply.
  • The Government continues to offer subsidies for transport of fodder, moving livestock and water infrastructure to support eligible farmers in NSW affected by drought. This can be backdated to 1st January 2018. For more information and to apply please visit https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/climate-and-emergencies/droughthub

Southern Australia - Summary

  • Last season’s hay is limited in supply and there is low carryover from previous years.
  • Parts of the region have experienced a tough finish and crops in these regions are struggling. It is not yet known what will happen with some these crops.
  • Some parts of the region that have experienced a tough finish have cut crops early.
  • Frosts in the region have damaged some grain crops which are expected to be turned into hay this season.
  • New season hay is starting to be made in southern Australia and is starting to come on to the market.
  • The Government continues to offer subsidies for transport of fodder, moving livestock and water infrastructure to support eligible farmers in NSW affected by drought. This can be backdated to 1st January 2018. For more information and to apply please visit https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/climate-and-emergencies/droughthub
     

Western Australia - Summary

  • Crops are currently 2-3 weeks behind and yields are looking below an average season.
  • Some canola will not have the yields so will be made into hay.
  • There was a lot of high quality hay made last season and this is reflected in the high price for feed in the region.
  • New season hay is being made in the region.
  • Yields are down across Western Australia this season and hay supplies are tight.
  • The export industry continues to dominate the WA market and is a solid indicator on pricing. Exporters continue to seek out quality hay and as a result, will set the price in the market for quality hay.

Price change in table below reflects moves since previous report (4th October, 2019)

11-October-2019 Hay
Cereal Lucerne Straw Pasture
Atherton Tablelands Price Range N/A N/A N/A $440 $460
Change $60
Darling Downs Price Range $400 $450 $600 $700 $250 $350 $450 $650
Change Steady -$100 Steady Steady
North Coast NSW Price Range $420 $470 $600 $700 $250 $350 $300 $400
Change Steady Steady Steady Steady
Central West NSW Price Range $350 $450 $600 $700 $300 $400 $400 $500
Change Steady Steady Steady Steady
Bega Valley Price Range $350 $400 $650 $700 $300 $350 $400 $500
Change -$35 Steady Steady Steady
Goulburn / Murray Valley Price Range $300 $400 $500 $520 $120 $150 $270 $330
Change Steady Steady Steady Steady
Gippsland Price Range $330 $370 $550 $650 $220 $260 $440 $560
Change -$50 Steady Steady Steady
South West Victoria Price Range $250 $300 $450 $520 $190 $200 $350 $400
Change -$50 Steady Steady Steady
South East South Australia Price Range $240 $270 $550 $600 $150 $200 $300 $400
Change -$170 Steady Steady Steady
Central Districts SA Price Range $170 $250 $570 $650 $220 $250 N/A N/A
Change -$45 Steady Steady N/A
South West WA Price Range $300 $380 $450 $490 $130 $180 $240 $280
Change Steady Steady Steady Steady
North West Tasmania Price Range $220 $260 $350 $400 $80 $130 $170 $220
Change Steady Steady Steady -$30

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