Central West NSW

Date CW 21 CW 20 CW 5YA
08-Jan-21 260 415 300
15-Jan-21 230 400 300
22-Jan-21 230 415 300
29-Jan-21 230 470 300
05-Feb-21 230 470 299
12-Feb-21 230 470 299
19-Feb-21 230 470 299
26-Feb-21 230 470 299
05-Mar-21 230 425 286
12-Mar-21 230 380 286
19-Mar-21 230 380 286
26-Mar-21 230 380 286
02-Apr-21 230 380 298
09-Apr-21 230 380 298
16-Apr-21 230 380 298
23-Apr-21 205 380 298
30-Apr-21 205 380 298
07-May-21 205 380 319
14-May-21 205 380 319
21-May-21 205 380 319
28-May-21 195 380 319
04-Jun-21 195 380 332
11-Jun-21 190 380 332
18-Jun-21 185 380 332
25-Jun-21 380 332
02-Jul-21 380 349
09-Jul-21 330 349
16-Jul-21 330 349
23-Jul-21 330 349
30-Jul-21 330 349
06-Aug-21 330 364
13-Aug-21 330 364
20-Aug-21 330 364
27-Aug-21 330 364
03-Sep-21 330 346
10-Sep-21 330 346
17-Sep-21 330 346
24-Sep-21 330 346
01-Oct-21 330 307
08-Oct-21 330 307
15-Oct-21 260 307
22-Oct-21 260 307
29-Oct-21 260 307
05-Nov-21 260 305
12-Nov-21 260 305
19-Nov-21 260 305
26-Nov-21 260 305
03-Dec-21 260 296
10-Dec-21 260 296
17-Dec-21 260 296
24-Dec-21 296


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.

This report summarises the hay market for central-west New South Wales.


  • Up to 10mm of rain was recorded in the north this past week, bringing the total to 100mm for the month of June. There were heavy snow falls were reported at Orange following a cold snap across the state.
  • Majority of new season crops are now planted, with some growers reporting that new lucerne plantings are still to go in once paddocks have dried enough.
  • Significant mice numbers continue to damage fodder stores, as they eat through weather damaged hay from last season. There are reports that numbers could be slowing down due to the work of farmers baiting and reducing access to food sources.
  • There are enquiries from local farmers with sheep and beef cattle looking for winter feed, with the decline of summer grasses after frost and cool soil temperatures.
  • Reports indicate there are plenty of lower grade hay available for trade in the region. Buyers continue to show concern when making inquiry around mice damaged cereal hay.
  • Changes to lucerne and cereal hay this week.
  • Cereal hay: -$10 ($170 to $200/t). Prices have eased this week.
  • Lucerne hay: -$20 ($330 to $380/t). Prices have eased this week.
  • Straw: +/-0 ($60 to $80/t). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Pasture hay: +/-0 ($160 to $200/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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