20 May 2020
|Date||Gipps 23||Gipps 22||Gipps 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.
- A mostly dry week across the region this week, with the west seeing no rainfall and the central and eastern parts recording between 1mm and 5mm of rain.
- Pastures in most of the region continue to be green and are providing good feed options for dairy and livestock herds. The west continues to be wetter underfoot than is optimal, but the dry week is aiding with the conditions and herds are still well serviced by pasture growth.
- Silage cutting continues in the region with excellent regrowth on cut pastures. Comments suggest that the overall damp conditions combined with warm days in the central and parts of the west of the region has allowed for very good silage producing opportunities, as well as good grass growth allowing some previously slated grazing pastures to produce extra silage stores.
- Sowing for forage crops is ongoing in the region, especially in the west where some flatter land has dried out enough for preparation and spreading of urea before sowing in crops.
- While oilseed harvest continues through the region, some growers are reporting that canola crops are still showing moisture levels that are too high for harvest even with negligible rain on the windrows.
- Enquiries continue to be mostly local, with silage requests from the east to supplement dry pastures contributing a fair number of requests. Hay is moving into the west to mitigate some of the wetter paddocks, though most hay continues to be sourced out of Northern Victoria. Good green feed and silage stores are keeping demand tempered.
- No change to pricing this week.
- Cereal hay: +/-0 ($250 to $310/t). Prices remain steady this week.
- Lucerne hay: +/-0 ($330 to $400/t). Prices remain steady this week.
- Straw: +/-0 ($100 to $135/t). Prices remain steady this week.
- Pasture hay: +/-0 ($220 to $270/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.