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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 Ending01 July 2022
  • Location: Darling Downs

    Week Ending01 July 2022
  • Location: North Coast NSW

    Week Ending01 July 2022
  • Location: Central West NSW

    Week Ending01 July 2022
  • Location: Bega Valley

    Week Ending01 July 2022
  • Location: Gippsland

    Week Ending01 July 2022
  • Location: Goulburn & Murray Valley

    Week Ending01 July 2022
  • Location: South West Victoria

    Week Ending01 July 2022
  • Location: South East SA

    Week Ending01 July 2022
  • Location: Central SA

    Week Ending01 July 2022
  • Location: South West WA

    Week Ending01 July 2022
  • Location: North West Tasmania

    Week Ending01 July 2022

National Summary

National background comments: report for the week ending 25 March 2022.

The next update will be on Friday 1st April 2022. Direct links to reports on each dairy region immediately follow this national summary for hay. 

Driving Prices Up

  • Significant flooding in northern New South Wales and Queensland has damaged summer crops and on farm fodder stores.
  • A lack of clear weather, across a number of regions, is hampering early autumn hay production.
  • There are reports some transport companies are applying a 5 - 10% fuel levy. Some hay growers, who deliver locally, have indicated they will raise cartage fees by up to 50 cents per kilometre or will apply a fuel surcharge of up to 10%, to cover increased fuel costs.
  • Overseas conflict, rising prices for fuel, fertilisers and pest management chemicals are expected to impact the new cropping season. Grain and hay growers will choose crop varieties and make sowing plans to manage increased production costs and reduce risk.
  • There is increasing demand for good quality cereal hay and vetch hay. However, supplies of both are low. Some farmers may be looking to purchase lucerne to fill the protein gap.
  • With increased restocking, increased stock values and continued demand for Australian red meat, more cattle are being finished through feedlot options.

Driving Prices Down

  • Recent rainfall has boosted pasture growth, alleviating the need for farmers to provide supplementary feed. Many growers in the southern states have been looking to seed ryegrasses and other pastures to utilise good soil moisture levels and milder temperatures.
  • Varied qualities of fodder are currently on the market. New season hay quality is being impacted by continuing rain events across most states.
  • Growers with lower grade hay stacked outside are expected to look to trade this in the coming months.

Local News

  • The Darling Downs and northeast New South Wales regions, in particular Lismore, has been impacted by heavy rainfall and flooding. The full extent of damage and loss is to be assessed in the coming weeks once property is more accessible. Further heavy rainfalls have been predicted in coming days.
  • Farmers and growers surrounding the areas of Gympie, Fassifern Valley and the north coast of New South Wales continue to coordinate hay donations to support farmers with livestock affected by the floods in these regions. Hay and silage are being donated with fundraisers to support high fuel costs to transport the feed into the area.
  • Availability of pasture will keep the fodder trade minimal, however, this is often expected for this time of year. There is growing demand for high quality cereal hay, however supply is low.
  • In Queensland, Fall Armyworm monitoring and management is well-underway.
  • Summer rain throughout New South Wales, combined with continued warm weather, has supported grass growth, but any summer coastal hay production continues to be hindered by lack of consecutive clear days to support drying and baling.
  • Lack of rain in southwest Victoria, and some parts of South Australia and Tasmania, are driving some early enquiries from those looking to secure feed allotments for winter.

Buyers are encouraged to feed test and view fodder before purchasing to ensure of the quality of the feed.

Price change in table below reflects moves since previous report (18 March 2022)

All Location Hay Prices

01 July 2022

Cereal

Lucerne

Straw

Pasture

Atherton Tablelands
Price range
Change
N/A
N/A
N/A
$300 - $400
Steady
Darling Downs
Price range
Change
$255 - $275
Steady
$380 - $420
Steady
$70 - $90
Steady
$220 - $250
Steady
North Coast NSW
Price range
Change
$200 - $260
Steady
$380 - $430
Steady
$100 - $150
Steady
$190 - $220
Steady
Central West NSW
Price range
Change
$175 - $240
Steady
$305 - $355
Steady
$65 - $80
Steady
$165 - $230
Steady
Bega Valley
Price range
Change
$265 - $310
Steady
$480 - $520
Steady
$190 - $220
Steady
$330 - $360
Steady
Gippsland
Price range
Change
$200 - $250
Steady
$530 - $550
Steady
$80 - $100
Steady
$90 - $145
Steady
Goulburn & Murray Valley
Price range
Change
$170 - $215
Steady
$380 - $410
Steady
$70 - $110
Steady
$210 - $250
Steady
South West Victoria
Price range
Change
$180 - $220
Steady
$330 - $380
Steady
$80 - $105
Steady
$150 - $180
Steady
South East SA
Price range
Change
$220 - $260
Steady
$340 - $370
Steady
$100 - $120
Steady
$200 - $230
Steady
Central SA
Price range
Change
$170 - $250
Steady
$390 - $420
Steady
$110 - $150
Steady
N/A
South West WA
Price range
Change
$210 - $260
Steady
$350 - $450
Steady
$100 - $120
Steady
$160 - $180
Steady
North West Tasmania
Price range
Change
$245 - $270
Steady
$290 - $340
Steady
$150 - $200
Steady
$195 - $240
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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