North Coast NSW
20 May 2020
|Date||N NSW 23||N NSW 22||N NSW 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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- Favourable and widespread rain across the region this week, with all areas receiving at least 15mm of rain and most averaging between 20mm and 50mm of rain. Most higher falls were recorded in the inland areas, closer to the Queensland border.
- Continued rainfall in the region has led to some healthy growth in pastures, with some fresh green feed now being available for herds, though on a limited schedule as regrowth is patchy. Livestock and dairy farmers are expecting the continued wetter conditions to push the pastures back into more production.
- Hay production has stalled again due to the rain, however quite a bit of the available hay was made late last week with some clear dry days and the warm ground helping with curing. There are some indications the rain has caused some damage to cereal crops which were in the process of being harvested in the region and these may now be downgraded into feed quality.
- Forage sorghum crops across the region continue to show good growth, with comments suggesting the recent rain will see more paddocks sown to the crop. With the growers reporting increased optimism of good establishment and start to the season.
- Grain harvest for those who had not completed it is on hold due to the high rainfall and some limited flooding being reported in the inland parts of the region, especially in the west.
- Enquiries are fairly steady, though the recent rain and pasture regrowth is tempering some demand as livestock farmers weigh up their inputs given the current saleyard conditions, and the possibility of an increase in local feed level grain availability. Local hay and straw are still moving fast to meet local demand.
- Some change to prices this week.
- Cereal hay: +/-0 ($285 to $340/t). Prices remain steady this week.
- Lucerne hay: -5 ($350 to $410/t). Prices decrease this week.
- Straw: -5 ($90 to $120/t). Prices decrease this week.
- Pasture hay: +/-0 ($240 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.