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 Ending26 February 2021
  • Location: Darling Downs

    Week Ending26 February 2021
  • Location: North Coast NSW

    Week Ending26 February 2021
  • Location: Central West NSW

    Week Ending26 February 2021
  • Location: Bega Valley

    Week Ending26 February 2021
  • Location: Gippsland

    Week Ending26 February 2021
  • Location: Goulburn & Murray Valley

    Week Ending26 February 2021
  • Location: South West Victoria

    Week Ending26 February 2021
  • Location: South East SA

    Week Ending26 February 2021
  • Location: Central SA

    Week Ending26 February 2021
  • Location: South West WA

    Week Ending26 February 2021
  • Location: North West Tasmania

    Week Ending26 February 2021

National Summary

National background comments: report for the week ending 16 April 2021.

The next update will be on Friday 23 April 2021. Direct links to reports on each dairy region immediately follow this national summary for hay.

Drier conditions have continued this week across much of the country.

The stretch from Port Macquarie down to Taree has been reported as the hardest hit section of coast following the recent deluge of rain. The region is starting to dry out and fodder is coming into these areas through purchases and donations. Farmers needing good roughage for stock to help them recover from the wet conditions.

With a good autumn break now reaching the majority of the eastern side of Australia growers are working towards new season cropping due to start in many parts over the next four weeks. Many taking into consideration the minimal trade of fodder as they plan this year’s rotations.

Trade is still at an all-time low as we head into the cooler months. Growers and farmers are carrying over ample feed at this stage.

Concerns over mice plagues continue through Central New South Wales. The recent rain has helped eased numbers and cooler weather will also have an impact.

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 a small amount moving locally.
  • Following the recent rainfall in QLD many parts including the Tablelands have had a flush of fresh grass.
  • The Darling Downs region freshened up following good rainfall over the past month. Many parts that were still marked as dry have now had record falls setting them up for the coming season.
  • The Fall Armyworm continues to the plague the north with reports of the worm being found as far south as the Darling Downs.
  • Significant reduction in hay being made in the area this past season.
  • Areas are still not carrying big cattle numbers.

Southern Australia - Summary

  • A good autumn break has been received through New South Wales and Northern Victoria now.
  • Gowers in New South Wales are working to prevent a mice plague following a bumper grain season.
  • Continuous summer rainfall has brought on many weeds that growers are now having to get on top of before the new cropping season.
  • Straw has been baled mostly in South Australia to meet contracts for the next twelve months for mushroom and chicken farms as well as feedlots.
  • Demand still expected to be down for some time.
  • Quality varies for the three states depending on the severity of weather damage.

Western Australia - Summary

  • Hay moving domestically due to recent trade issues with China.
  • 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.
  • Exporter hay grading well this season with some areas able to produce super premium. Ongoing uncertainty for new season production due to current trading concerns.
  • The west again starting the season dry and needing an autumn break.
  • Prices remain strong for all fodder types in WA.

Price change in table below reflects moves since previous report (9 April 2021)

All Location Hay Prices

26 February 2021

Cereal

Lucerne

Straw

Pasture

Atherton Tablelands
Price range
Change
N/A
N/A
N/A
$300 - $330
Steady
Darling Downs
Price range
Change
$300 - $320
Steady
$390 - $430
Steady
$60 - $70
Steady
$200 - $240
Steady
North Coast NSW
Price range
Change
$250 - $300
Steady
$400 - $450
Steady
$100 - $150
Steady
$200 - $230
Steady
Central West NSW
Price range
Change
$220 - $240
Steady
$350 - $450
Steady
$60 - $80
Steady
$160 - $200
Steady
Bega Valley
Price range
Change
$300 - $350
Steady
$600 - $650
Steady
$200 - $230
Steady
$350 - $400
Steady
Gippsland
Price range
Change
$280 - $330
Steady
$550 - $650
Steady
$70 - $85
Steady
$100 - $120
Steady
Goulburn & Murray Valley
Price range
Change
$190 - $220
Steady
$450 - $500
Steady
$80 - $100
Steady
$230 - $280
Steady
South West Victoria
Price range
Change
$170 - $230
Steady
$350 - $400
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 WA
Price range
Change
$280 - $350
Steady
$450 - $490
Steady
$120 - $140
Steady
$200 - $220
Steady
North West Tasmania
Price range
Change
$200 - $250
Steady
$300 - $350
Steady
$150 - $200
Steady
$230 - $280
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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