South West WA
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.
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- Limited to no rainfall across the region this week, with only isolated falls of between 1mm to 5mm of rain along the southeastern coastal areas. The rest of the region was hot and dry with high temperatures and strong winds recorded.
- Pastures in the region are declining in vitality. Without substantial rain to keep them green most are beginning to brown out, coastal areas have more green feed options but inland most pastures are only supplying dry feed.
- Hay production is ongoing in the far south of the region for those growers who were waiting for some finishing rain. With the warm dry conditions this week, the hay is coming in well and of reasonable quality, given the delay to the harvest. The season has wrapped up pretty much everywhere else in the region, with much reduced yields in comparison to last year.
- Recent rain around West Kendenup brought in some opportunistic sowing of summer forage sorghum crops to take advantage of the moisture and get the crops established.
- Grain harvest is continuing, with the warmer and drier conditions enabling the headers to run well through the crops, though high temperatures and winds did cause some cessation of harvesting, until conditions improved.
- Enquiries are fairly flat as some new season hay begins filling mostly empty sheds and livestock producers plan for longer term needs, but most attention is currently on the grain harvest. Lower pasture feed in the southwest is being offset by moderate on-farm storage but this may turn around quickly. Exporters remain active in the marketplace trying to fill shipments.
- Some change to prices this week.
- Cereal hay: +15 ($285 to $350/t). Prices increase this week.
- Lucerne hay: +/-0 ($340 to $390/t). Prices remain steady this week.
- Straw: +3 ($100 to $125/t). Prices increase this week.
- Pasture hay: +/-0 ($210 to $250/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.