South West Victoria
20 May 2020
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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.
- Little to no rainfall across the region again this week, with falls only recorded along the southeast coastal areas. Clear and sunny conditions throughout the week.
- Grass is still growing in the region, and providing continued green feed, though this is slowing with some dairy farmers feeding out to herds from Terang to Hamilton.
- Silage cutting is continuing in some parts of the region, with most going straight into on-farm silage pits or delivery to local dairy farms for ensilage. Silage season has completed for many, with some growers reporting average yields this year, but most are indicating that seasonal conditions have kept silage production below average for the year.
- Hay is being baled, with producers looking to get the hay into sheds before any forecast rain. Much of the pasture hay in the region is on to second cuts and yields are looking to be below average, though cereal hay is showing good results.
- Grain harvest is moving through the region, though the wet conditions in some parts are delaying some. Projected yields should be reasonable given the growing conditions.
- Enquiries in the region are lower than have been the usual this week. Green feed is still available which is meeting many local producers’ needs as well as a fair supply of silage. Hay production is sporadic and there are some concerns regarding the yield and quality. Older hay supplies are coming into the region from South Australia as producers there clear out sheds.
- Some change to prices this week.
- Cereal hay: +/-0 ($240 to $330/t). Prices remain steady this week.
- Lucerne hay: +/-0 ($330 to $390/t). Prices remain steady this week.
- Straw: -5 ($90 to $100/t). Prices decrease this week.
- Pasture hay: -10 ($210 to $250/t). Prices decrease 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.