20 May 2020
|Date||C SA 23||C SA 22||C SA 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.
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- Another mostly dry week across the region this week, with only the northern parts seeing any falls, of between 1mm and 5mm of rain. Mostly clear and sunny, though high winds were reported in coastal regions.
- Pastures are looking quite brown and dry in the region with the lack of rain. Supplementary fodder continues to be fed out.
- Pasture hay production has pretty much wrapped up in the region, with reports coming in that pasture hay yields are down by 30% to 50% on an average year, due to the dry conditions that saw dryland pastures browning out in September. Cereal and vetch crops have done much better and have produced some quality hay.
- Irrigated lucerne crops around Langhorne are looking very good and are being cut and baled this week under good curing conditions.
- Cereal straw is being made throughout the region, as producers take into account the possible need for additional feed options due to the reduction in new season pasture hay.
- Canola harvest is mostly complete in the region, though there have been some isolated areas where moisture levels in the crop are still too high. Grain harvest is moving through, though the cooler nights and dew are causing some delay with growers having to delay harvest until warmer conditions roll through. Growers are reportedly happy with the yields given the dry season and limited finishing rainfall.
- Enquiries are fairly stable in the region, though there are a number of producers looking for pasture hay which is in short supply. Exporters are continuing to look for oaten hay to fill shipments. Some older lower quality hay is moving both locally and interstate into Queensland and parts of NSW.
- Some change to prices this week.
- Cereal hay: -10 ($260 to $325/t). Prices decrease this week.
- Lucerne hay: -5 ($330 to $390/t). Prices decrease this week.
- Straw: +/-0 ($90 to $120/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.