North West Tasmania
20 May 2020
|Date||Tas 23||Tas 22||Tas 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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- Another low rainfall week across the region, with parts of the northern coast seeing no rainfall at all and the majority of the region recording between 1mm and 5mm of rain. Cool conditions but dry and clear for most of the week.
- Pastures in the northwest are still showing green with good biomass, but some hilly country is beginning to show early signs of drying out. Low lying areas are taking advantage of the last couple of drier weeks to move livestock onto pastures that were too wet to safely navigate earlier.
- Hay production is moving well through the region, with a number of clear dry or very low rainfall days in a row to aid in the curing of cuts. Moisture levels are being closely monitored however, due to light falls and the delay on some cuts. Comments continue to indicate that growers are seeing some very good lucerne hay coming off the paddocks as well as good pasture mixes.
- Some fodder producers in the region are contemplating reducing the amount of straw they are making this season to use the stubble to create moisture mats to help in soil moisture retention over summer. This is in response to the changing rainfall patterns and high evaporation rates that have been seen over the last few years.
- Pastures of forage brassica and white clover are coming along well after recent cuts and are slated for additional cuts in December before being turned over for soil health.
- Enquiries remain fairly consistent; with most demand continuing to come from the midlands with producers looking for additional feed to offset some drying out of pastures. New season hay is coming into the market, though most is currently going into sheds to refill them, and silage continues to be made and stored on farm.
- Some change to pricing this week.
- Cereal hay: +5 ($245 to $280/t) Prices increase this week.
- Lucerne hay: +/-0 ($310 to $370/t) Prices remain steady this week.
- Straw: +/-0 ($85 to $130/t) Prices remain steady this week.
- Pasture hay: +/-0 ($205 to $255/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.