Goulburn Murray Valley
20 May 2020
|Date||GV 23||GV 22||GV 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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- Widespread low rainfall across the region this week, with most areas seeing between 5mm and 10mm of rain and some northern parts up to 15mm of rain, though the earlier part of the week was clear and dry.
- Pastures in the region remain green with strong green feed availability for livestock. The recent rain may cause some issues on low lying ground which had already had some residual high soil moisture, but some pastures that were beginning to dry out will be boosted.
- Hay production in the region is delayed due to the current and forecast rain. There are reports that second cut lucerne around Shepparton may be much reduced. Comments suggest that on some properties about half of the cut crop had been baled, but the remaining cut will be downgraded due to weather damage. There is also some concern over the remaining uncut stands as they will now be much matured due to the delay.
- Grain harvest is being delayed by the recent rainfall and is not expected to resume until next week at the earliest. Lentil harvest in the west of the region was completed before the rain, with good yields being reported.
- Freshly planted maize crops in the north of the region have taken advantage of the recent rainfall to establish well.
- With most local needs met by available pastures and on-farm storage, current demand is from the northern parts of the country that have been very dry. The recent high rainfall may temper this demand moving forward, but currently shipments are still moving up to meet need. Exporters continue to fill shipments with good quality oaten hay, though domestic buyers are also locking in deliveries for this hay.
- Some change to pricing this week.
- Cereal hay: -3 ($250 to $335/t). Prices decrease this week.
- Lucerne hay: +/-0 ($350 to $400/t). Prices remain steady this week.
- Straw: +/-0 ($90 to $105/t). Prices remain steady this week.
- Pasture hay: +/-0 ($250 to $320/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.