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Atherton Tableland

Date AT 23 AT 22 AT 5YA
06-Jan-23 350 290 330
13-Jan-23 350 290 330
20-Jan-23 350 290 330
27-Jan-23 350 290 330
03-Feb-23 350 290 330
10-Feb-23 350 290 330
17-Feb-23 350 290 321
24-Feb-23 350 290 311
03-Mar-23 350 290 311
10-Mar-23 350 290 311
17-Mar-23 350 350 323
24-Mar-23 350 350 323
31-Mar-23 350 350 323
07-Apr-23 350 350 318
14-Apr-23 350 350 313
21-Apr-23 350 350 309
28-Apr-23 350 350 309
05-May-23 350 350 309
12-May-23 350 350 309
19-May-23 350 350 309
26-May-23 350 350 309
02-Jun-23 350 350 309
09-Jun-23 350 350 309
16-Jun-23 350 350 313
23-Jun-23 350 350 316
30-Jun-23 350 350 316
07-Jul-23 350 350 316
14-Jul-23 350 350 316
21-Jul-23 350 350 316
28-Jul-23 350 350 323
04-Aug-23 350 350 330
11-Aug-23 350 350 330
18-Aug-23 375 350 330
25-Aug-23 400 350 331
01-Sep-23 400 350 333
08-Sep-23 410 350 337
15-Sep-23 410 350 337
22-Sep-23 410 350 339
29-Sep-23 410 350 339
06-Oct-23 410 350 334
13-Oct-23 410 350 346
20-Oct-23 410 350 346
27-Oct-23 410 350 346
03-Nov-23 415 350 346
10-Nov-23 415 350 343
17-Nov-23 415 350 345
24-Nov-23 415 350 345
01-Dec-23 350 345
08-Dec-23 350 345
15-Dec-23 350 345
22-Dec-23 350 345
29-Dec-23 350 345


Change in price is the change since the last report. Hay quoted is sourced and delivered locally, GST exclusive unless stated otherwise. It should be noted that local prices quoted may not be the cheapest available, sourcing it from another region may be more affordable, and buyers are encouraged to evaluate all options. Prices are indicative to a mid-range shedded product, and based on the best indication of market value at the time of reporting. It should be noted there is a wide variation in quality of hay, prices for a mid-range product will not reflect the weighted average of trade. Prices will naturally vary based on the product quantity and quality, buyer/seller relationship and the size of the trade.

The hay report has been commissioned by Dairy Australia to provide an independent and timely assessment of hay markets in each dairy region. This report is created using data provided by the Australian Fodder Industry Association (AFIA). It should be remembered that actual prices may vary for quality or other reasons. Whilst all reasonable steps have been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this report, Dairy Australia disclaims all liability to the fullest extent permitted by Australian law for any inadvertent errors and for any losses or damages stemming from reliance upon its content. Dairy Australia recommends all persons seek independent advice and, where appropriate, advice from a qualified advisor before making any decisions about changes to business strategy.


  • Mostly dry in the region this week, with limited rainfall, but warm and muggy conditions.

  • Pastures in the region are still green, though another dry week is compounding the overall soil moisture deficit in dryland areas. Producers are looking for early rainfall from the storm season to push the pastures along again.

  • Hay season has pretty much wrapped up in the region for any dryland producers. Those with irrigated crops are looking at further cuts in the next month, but the majority of the hay is now done.

  • Lentil harvest continues to come in, though there have been some reported issues with moisture content. However, growers are reporting good yields.

  • Ground preparation for the next season is ongoing, as grain and hay harvests clear the paddocks. Most growers are looking for good storms this week and early in December before planting pastures as well as legume and corn crops.

  • Input costs continue to be a factor for growers in the region; petrol prices have dropped a little and are currently stable at around $2.13 per litre. Urea prices appear to have stabilised but that is still at a high level of around $850 p/t with blended at over $1000p/t. This is expected to spike once the cane growers start applying urea.

  • No change to pricing this week, though demand coming out of feedlots in the south remains fairly strong. Exporters are sourcing feed for cattle for the live trade market, to supply while in transit. Local demand is keeping hay sheds turning over fairly quickly, so hay sheds aren’t filling with production hay.

  • Pasture (Rhodes Grass) hay: +/-0 ($380 to $450/t). Prices remain steady this week.

  • Please note: Hay in the Atherton Tablelands is traditionally priced at $/bale, so it is important to check bale weights for conversion. The price range indicated is for feeds of varying quality with the price range generally indicative of quality of feed. We recommend feed testing and viewing of fodder before purchase to be sure of the quality of feed.

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