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Getting to know how the fodder market works can help you make a smart strategy for buying fodder. Our data and reports will help you make the right decisions.

Feed markets

Knowing how the fodder market works is the first step in setting up a smart strategy for buying fodder.

The information in this section, including Dairy Australia's data and reports, will help you make decisions that are right for your farm business.

Competing in a world market

Australian dairy farmers are competing in a world market for grain.

An understanding of how the global grain market operates will help you appreciate where you sit in the global grain scene and enable you to develop a grain buying strategy that meets your needs.

Key tips

  • Australian grain users operate in and are influenced by the world grain market.
  • The introduction of bio-fuels has changed the way the grain market operates.
  • The current world market is driven by the volatile relationship between consumption and production.

More information

Dairy feeding update - briefing notes 2015 (PDF, 730KB)

Provides an overview of feed market conditions and a snapshot of on-farm dairy feeding management practices.

Buying grain in the world market (PDF, 499KB)

Contents include:

  • Overview of global grain market
  • Explanation of supply/demand
  • Price volatility
  • Setting a strategy

Buying fodder in the domestic market

Australian dairy farmers are competing in a domestic market for fodder. Understanding how the market operates will help you develop a fodder buying strategy for your farm business needs.

Key tips

  • Unlike grain, fodder is a domestic market.
  • Hay prices are less transparent than grain prices.
  • Consider your on-farm fodder buyer.
  • Be proactive in developing a relationship with a professional hay producer

More information

Buying fodder - it's a domestic market (PDF, 532KB)

Contents include:

  • Unlike grain, fodder is a domestic market.
  • Hay prices are less transparent than grain prices.
  • Consider your on-farm fodder buffer.
  • Be proactive in developing a relationship with a professional hay producer

National hay and grain reporting

  • All your weekly update on hay markets nationally, including regional charts and trends, are here.

Major Initiatives

Focus Farms

Dairy Australia has established a network of Focus Farms to support farmer decision making.

DairyBase

DairyBase is a web-based tool that enables dairy farmers to measure and compare their farm business performance over time.

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