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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 Ending19 November 2021
  • Location: Darling Downs

    Week Ending19 November 2021
  • Location: North Coast NSW

    Week Ending19 November 2021
  • Location: Central West NSW

    Week Ending19 November 2021
  • Location: Bega Valley

    Week Ending19 November 2021
  • Location: Gippsland

    Week Ending19 November 2021
  • Location: Goulburn & Murray Valley

    Week Ending19 November 2021
  • Location: South West Victoria

    Week Ending19 November 2021
  • Location: South East SA

    Week Ending19 November 2021
  • Location: Central SA

    Week Ending19 November 2021
  • Location: South West WA

    Week Ending19 November 2021
  • Location: North West Tasmania

    Week Ending19 November 2021

National Summary

National background comments: report for the week ending 19 November 2021.

The next update will be on Friday 03 December 2021. Direct links to reports on each dairy region immediately follow this national summary for hay. 

Driving Prices Up

  • The spring rain has been impacting the amount of good quality cereal hay being produced this season.
  • There is some demand for fodder coming from farmers rearing cattle and sheep, as they intend to capitalize on strong values.
  • Farmers and Tasmania and southern Gippsland have not been able to produce the fodder they would like due to the wet conditions. Many are looking at bringing in additional feed over the next ten months.
  • There is steady trade to farmers looking to secure progressive loads over the next twelve months, however this is not expected to push prices up significantly, as overall trade of fodder remains limited.

Driving Prices Down

  • Demand continues to be subdued. A significant amount of last season’s weather damaged hay is on the market at a reduced price, with more damaged hay from this season expected to come onto the market over the coming months.
  • Good spring conditions will see many farmers producing and conserving as much silage as they can themselves, particularly along the New South Wales coast and Victoria.
  • Good rain over the last month has seen many farmers hold off from irrigating grasses. Stock continue to be supported by paddock feed at this point. Farmers will be able to utilise water over the summer months with good availability currently.
  • The continuation of rain over summer will reduce the demand for fodder, as water helps support pasture growth and lowers the need for purchased feed on farm.

Local News

  • Wet and cold conditions this week impacted most states. Central west New South Wales has been significantly impacted by flooding from the Lachlan River.
  • The hay season is well underway in most regions now, with many growers racing to bale as much hay as possible before rain events. The majority of hay has now been baled, with growers currently processing the hay that has been impacted by rain over the last fortnight.
  • Border closures and permit requirements are easing now and making movement of agricultural machinery and hay less difficult.
  • Silage season continues along the New South Wales coast, and southern Victoria. Southern Victoria continues to be impacted by wet conditions making it increasingly difficult to produce good quality silage.
  • In northern Australia, demand in the Atherton Tablelands remains steady with a small amount moving locally. Following the recent rainfall in Queensland, many areas have had substantial pasture growth. The Darling Downs area is reporting one of the best starts to a season following good rainfall for the first half of the year. Oaten crops have started to be cut for hay in the region.
  • New South Wales is reporting good crops following timely rainfall. South Australia has been impacted by drier weather conditions; in southeast South Australia, crops are on track but yields are expected to be down after difficult growing conditions this season. Hay season is in full swing in northern Victoria.
  • Western Australia reportedly recorded one of its best season breaks, however, continued rain is creating varied qualities of cereal hay. Prices remain strong for all fodder types in WA.

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 (12 November 2021)

All Location Hay Prices

19 November 2021

Cereal

Lucerne

Straw

Pasture

Atherton Tablelands
Price range
Change
N/A
N/A
N/A
$280 - $300
Steady
Darling Downs
Price range
Change
$260 - $280
Steady
$380 - $420
Steady
$60 - $70
Steady
$200 - $240
Steady
North Coast NSW
Price range
Change
$220 - $280
Steady
$380 - $430
Steady
$100 - $150
Steady
$200 - $230
Steady
Central West NSW
Price range
Change
$180 - $220
Steady
$300 - $340
Steady
$60 - $80
Steady
$160 - $200
Steady
Bega Valley
Price range
Change
$290 - $320
Steady
$480 - $520
Steady
$200 - $230
Steady
$350 - $400
Steady
Gippsland
Price range
Change
$200 - $230
Steady
$550 - $600
Steady
$70 - $85
Steady
$90 - $110
Steady
Goulburn & Murray Valley
Price range
Change
$180 - $220
Steady
$380 - $410
Steady
$80 - $100
Steady
$220 - $260
Steady
South West Victoria
Price range
Change
$180 - $230
Steady
$330 - $380
Steady
$60 - $80
Steady
$150 - $180
Steady
South East SA
Price range
Change
$180 - $210
Steady
$330 - $350
Steady
$100 - $120
Steady
$180 - $200
Steady
Central SA
Price range
Change
$180 - $220
Steady
$400 - $450
Steady
$90 - $140
Steady
N/A
South West WA
Price range
Change
$260 - $290
Steady
$450 - $490
Steady
$130 - $180
Steady
$180 - $200
Steady
North West Tasmania
Price range
Change
$220 - $280
Steady
$300 - $350
Steady
$150 - $200
Steady
$200 - $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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