South West WA
|Date||WA 22||WA 21||WA 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.
- There was good rainfall across the region, with the Lake Grace area recording 10mm of rain, while both the northern and central wheat belts received 40mm and 50mm of rain.
- Some areas are almost too wet, with this having the potential to impact grain quality.
- Cold night-time temperatures and morning frosts have slowed pasture and crop growth and has led to an increase in supplementary feeding across areas with livestock.
- Fuel is sitting at around $2.20 per litre for diesel. Input prices and ongoing labour shortages remain an issue of concern.
- Monitoring for mice activity remains a recommendation even though numbers are down due to the cold and wet weather. https://grdc.com.au/resources-and-publications/resources/mouse-management.
- Most hay that is currently on farm has already been sold. Sales have slowed due to lack of supply. The export market is expected to be strong this season. The forecast of a wet spring is causing some concern around potentially short windows to both cut and bail hay between rainfall events.
- There is a shortage of good quality pasture hay, so prices are remaining strong for quality varietal pasture hay. Cheaper prices for older, lower quality/paddock clean up hay as growers move it off farm.
- No change to pricing this week.
- Cereal hay: +$20 ($210 to $300/t). Price for top grade hay is increasing.
- Lucerne hay: +$20 ($350 to $490/t). Small bales selling reasonably well. Price remains steady.
- Straw: +$5 ($100 to $130/t). Price increasing in areas with low supply.
- Pasture hay: +$10 ($160 to $200/t). Price increasing for good quality varietal pasture hay.
- 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.