20 May 2020
|Date||Bega 23||Bega 22||Bega 5YA|
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.
- Light to moderate rainfall across the region this week, with most areas seeing between 10mm and 25mm of rain. Some thunderstorms and wind warnings were reported.
- Dryland pastures in the region have been topped up by the recent rainfall which has provided some optimism for dairy and livestock producers that there will be additional fresh green feed opportunities. Fodder continues to be fed out in the short term until pastures rebound. Irrigated pastures continue to provide green feed.
- Hay production continued over the last week, taking advantage of some clear dry days, for cutting and curing, however production was delayed with the rainfall band that fell over the latter part of the week.
- Corn planting preparation has completed in the northern part of the region, with the recent rainfall, growers are indicating these crops should establish well, with plenty of available moisture. However, follow up rain will be needed to make up the current soil moisture deficit.
- Demand in the region remains high for good quality hay, though the area does appear to have sufficient silage reserves for most herds. Recent rain should add to the availability of green feed which may temper some demand. Some locally produced hay is moving quickly however most hay continues to come from other parts of NSW and Northern Victoria.
- Some change to pricing this week.
- Cereal hay: +/-0 ($240 to $330/t). Prices remain steady this week.
- Lucerne hay: -5 ($360 to $420/t). Prices decrease this week.
- Straw: -5 ($100 to $115/t). Prices decrease this week.
- Pasture hay: +/-0 ($260 to $330/t). Prices remain steady this week.
- Please note: Unless stated otherwise, prices are per tonne, sourced and delivered locally. 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.