20 May 2020
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Notes: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.