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Darling Downs

Date DD 22 DD 21 DD 5YA
07-Jan-22 260 310 328
14-Jan-22 260 310 328
21-Jan-22 260 310 328
28-Jan-22 260 310 330
04-Feb-22 260 310 332
11-Feb-22 260 310 332
18-Feb-22 260 310 334
25-Feb-22 260 310 336
04-Mar-22 260 310 336
11-Mar-22 260 310 353
18-Mar-22 260 310 361
25-Mar-22 265 310 361
01-Apr-22 265 310 361
08-Apr-22 265 310 367
15-Apr-22 265 310 363
22-Apr-22 265 310 364
29-Apr-22 265 310 365
06-May-22 265 310 365
13-May-22 265 310 365
20-May-22 265 310 374
27-May-22 265 310 378
03-Jun-22 265 310 380
10-Jun-22 265 300 380
17-Jun-22 265 290 379
24-Jun-22 265 290 379
01-Jul-22 265 290 383
08-Jul-22 268 290 388
15-Jul-22 268 290 388
22-Jul-22 268 290 399
29-Jul-22 268 290 399
05-Aug-22 268 290 397
12-Aug-22 280 393
19-Aug-22 270 416
26-Aug-22 270 405
02-Sep-22 270 387
09-Sep-22 270 387
16-Sep-22 270 368
23-Sep-22 270 366
30-Sep-22 270 364
07-Oct-22 270 361
14-Oct-22 270 361
21-Oct-22 270 361
28-Oct-22 270 361
04-Nov-22 270 350
11-Nov-22 270 351
18-Nov-22 270 344
25-Nov-22 270 344
02-Dec-22 270 346
09-Dec-22 270 349
16-Dec-22 260 349
23-Dec-22 260 339
30-Dec-22 260 347


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 some areas receiving only 5mm of rain while others received 20mm of rain.
  • Conditions are still quite wet in many parts of the region; and there are growing concerns around the impact of ongoing rain on paddock condition. There are some reports of applied urea being washed away rather than washed in.
  • Sorghum crops sown into washed out cotton fields are being harvested around Toowoomba.
  • Hay cutting continues to be postponed due to high moisture levels, and ongoing rainfall events.
  • Cereal crops around Goondiwindi are looking very good with plenty of growth, however additional nitrogen will be needed before the next rain. The region is on track for a good yield if the favourable weather continues.
  • The threat of a foot-and-mouth-disease (FMD) outbreak is causing considerable concern, with many farmers indicating that they would like to see a firmer response from the Government. Information about the Australian Vetplan and preparedness is available at
  • There are reports of annual ryegrass outbreaks in cereal crops around Norwin. Control programs are now in place.
  • There is a wide range of fuel prices being posted across the region ($1.30 – $2.30).
  • Demand for hay has steadied this week, with stable interest in straw and good interest in oaten, barley, silage and lucerne hay. A lot of farmers are still stocking up for the winter, with increased interest in vetch, cereal and clover hay as well. Feedlots are still driving demand as they look for quality feed to supplement the higher priced grain.
  • No change to pricing this week.
  • Cereal hay: +/-0 ($255 to $280/t). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Lucerne hay: +/-0 ($380 to $420/t). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Straw: +/-0 ($70 to $135/t). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Pasture hay: +/-0 ($220 to $250/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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