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Read hay statistics and data about the Atherton Tableland region.

Date Athn Rhodes Grass '17 Athn Rhodes Grass '16
06-Jan-2017 210 340
13-Jan-2017 210 340
20-Jan-2017 210 350
27-Jan-2017 350
03-Feb-2017 210 350
10-Feb-2017 210 350
24-Feb-2017 210 350
03-Mar-2017 210 350
10-Mar-2017 210 350
24-Mar-2017 210 350
31-Mar-2017 210
07-Apr-2017 220 350
21-Apr-2017 230 350
28-Apr-2017 230
12-May-2017 230 350
19-May-2017 230 350
26-May-2017 230
02-Jun-2017 230 350
16-Jun-2017 230
23-Jun-2017 250 350
30-Jun-2017 250 350
07-Jul-2017 250 350
14-Jul-2017 250
21-Jul-2017 350
28-Jul-2017 265 350
04-Aug-2017 265 350
18-Aug-2017 265 350
25-Aug-2017 265 350
01-Sep-2017 265 350
08-Sep-2017 300 225
15-Sep-2017 300 225
22-Sep-2017 300
06-Oct-2017 305 225
13-Oct-2017 305 225
27-Oct-2017 305 210
03-Nov-2017 305 210
17-Nov-2017 270 210

Hay commentary

  • Atherton Tablelands is currently experiencing unseasonal weather, with frequent daily rainfall and cooler temperatures, impacting summer maize and peanut preparations and decreasing local demand for pasture hay.
  • The weather is akin to July with cool temperatures and drizzly rainfall of 3-5 millimetres per day.
  • Soil preparations and summer-crop sowing have slowed due to the wet weather.
  • Pasture harvesting and baling is continuous throughout the year, however is currently relaxed due to rain.
  • Demand for pasture hay, which is predominantly Rhodes grass in the Tablelands, is low due to unseasonal rainfall.
  • Prices dropped to $120 for a large bale (500kg) of pasture and $33 per small bale (100kg).
  • Pasture hay: -$35 ($240 to $300/tonne). Prices eased this week.
  • Note: Hay in the Atherton Tablelands is traditionally priced at $/bale, so it is important to check bale weights for conversion.


Change in price is the change since the last report. Hay prices are delivered, GST exclusive, based on shedded hay without weather damage, of good quality and colour. It should be noted there is a wide variation in quality for hay, so prices are indicative for a mid-range product.

This report has been commissioned by Dairy Australia to provide an independent and timely assessment of grain and hay markets in each dairying region. 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, to the fullest extent permitted by Australian law Dairy Australia disclaims all liability for any inadvertent errors and for any losses or damages stemming from reliance upon its content. Dairy Australia recommends that all persons seek independent advice and, where appropriate, advice from a qualified adviser, before making any decisions about changes to business strategy.


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