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Central West NSW

Date CW 23 CW 22 CW 5YA
06-Jan-23 264 200 307
13-Jan-23 275 200 298
20-Jan-23 285 200 296
27-Jan-23 293 200 307
03-Feb-23 303 200 307
10-Feb-23 318 190 300
17-Feb-23 319 190 300
24-Feb-23 320 190 300
03-Mar-23 325 190 294
10-Mar-23 333 190 290
17-Mar-23 333 190 292
24-Mar-23 333 190 292
31-Mar-23 338 195 296
07-Apr-23 343 195 298
14-Apr-23 343 195 298
21-Apr-23 343 195 303
28-Apr-23 348 198 314
05-May-23 348 198 315
12-May-23 348 199 316
19-May-23 348 200 319
26-May-23 348 200 320
02-Jun-23 350 200 327
09-Jun-23 350 204 327
16-Jun-23 348 208 327
23-Jun-23 345 208 327
30-Jun-23 343 208 341
07-Jul-23 330 208 342
14-Jul-23 318 208 342
21-Jul-23 305 208 342
28-Jul-23 305 208 343
04-Aug-23 305 208 344
11-Aug-23 305 208 355
18-Aug-23 303 208 375
25-Aug-23 300 208 374
01-Sep-23 300 210 367
08-Sep-23 305 210 367
15-Sep-23 305 200 343
22-Sep-23 305 200 338
29-Sep-23 303 200 335
06-Oct-23 300 200 325
13-Oct-23 290 200 307
20-Oct-23 280 200 305
27-Oct-23 285 200 304
03-Nov-23 285 200 305
10-Nov-23 282 200 306
17-Nov-23 278 200 306
24-Nov-23 278 200 305
01-Dec-23 209 304
08-Dec-23 218 306
15-Dec-23 225 305
22-Dec-23 230 306
29-Dec-23 253 316


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.


  • Another week of widespread rainfall across the region this week, with the highest falls of between 15mm and 25mm of rain in the northern part of the region and lighter falls of 5mm to 10mm of rain in the central areas.

  • Pastures in the region saw a great deal of rain over this week and the expectation is that dryland pastures will now begin to bounce back and provide some green feed availability in the next few weeks. Some pastures will need resewing as the grass seed did not survive the extended dry period, but most pastures should have sufficient resources to re-green.

  • Hay and straw production in the region are on hold due to the rain, though reports indicate that there was opportunity last week to create a fair amount of straw as the grain harvest moved through as well as some dedicated hay production. Comments suggest that some baled hay that was stacked outside sheds has been rain-affected.

  • Maize crops are being sown in the eastern parts of the region, originally into irrigated ground but with recent rain some dryland sowing is now being scheduled. These crops will be used for both silage and feed grain.

  • Cereal crops in the northern part of the region were pulled off the headers as fast as possible to avoid the damage that the forecast and actual rainfall delivered. Most growers indicate that they were able to get most if not all of the scheduled harvest completed before the rain arrived, though some have indicated that the crops were not quite ready and will suffer some downgrades.

  • Enquiries are steady, with new season hay moving in the region, as well as some older hay supplies to clear space for the good quality hay that has been produced this season. Recent rain is expected to produce some green feed availability as well as some excess feed grain due to weather causing downgrades to unharvested cereal crops, which will temper needs.

  • Some change to pricing this week.

  • Cereal hay: +/-0 ($240 to $315/t). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Lucerne hay: -8 ($350 to $410/t). Prices decrease this week.
  • Straw: +/-0 ($90 to $130/t). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Pasture hay: +/-0 ($250 to $325/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.





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