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Read hay statistics and data about the Central South Australia region.

Date Central SA Cereal Hay '18 Central SA Cereal Hay '17
05-Jan-2018 115 140
12-Jan-2018 115 140
19-Jan-2018 115 140
26-Jan-2018 115 132.5
02-Feb-2018 115 125
09-Feb-2018 115 125
16-Feb-2018 122.5 125
23-Feb-2018 130 125
02-Mar-2018 130 125
09-Mar-2018 130 125
16-Mar-2018 130 125
23-Mar-2018 130 125
30-Mar-2018 130 125
06-Apr-2018 130 125
13-Apr-2018 140 125
20-Apr-2018 140 125
27-Apr-2018 140 125
04-May-2018 145 125
11-May-2018 150 125
18-May-2018 150 126
25-May-2018 155 125
01-Jun-2018 155 125
08-Jun-2018 160 125
15-Jun-2018 165 125
22-Jun-2018 125
29-Jun-2018 125
06-Jul-2018 125
13-Jul-2018 130
20-Jul-2018 130
27-Jul-2018 130
03-Aug-2018 130
10-Aug-2018 130
17-Aug-2018 130
24-Aug-2018 125
31-Aug-2018 125
07-Sep-2018 125
14-Sep-2018 105
21-Sep-2018 105
28-Sep-2018 105
05-Oct-2018 105
12-Oct-2018 105
19-Oct-2018 105
26-Oct-2018 105
02-Nov-2018 105
09-Nov-2018 105
16-Nov-2018 105
23-Nov-2018 105
30-Nov-2018 105
07-Dec-2018 115
14-Dec-2018 115
21-Dec-2018 115

Hay commentary

  • Reportedly central South Australia has only received one quarter of the rainfall it would normally get, having had just 10 millimetres on average for June. More rain is needed.
  • Germination is reportedly very patchy; oats are struggling to emerge. Some farmers have increased planting by 25% from last year after the recent clearing of carryover hay.
  • There has been lots of enquiry from the eastern states of Australia, and locally in South Australia. Some firms are requesting large quantities of hay in contracts that will be very difficult to fulfil with current demand. External demand continues to be strong, ranging from mid to northern South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales. Export carryover is supplying the domestic market.
  • Cereal and lucerne prices have firmed.
  • Cereal hay: +$10 ($150 to $180/tonne). Prices have firmed this week.
  • Lucerne hay: +$20 ($270 to $350/tonne). Prices have firmed this week.
  • Straw: +/-$0 ($80 to $130/tonne). Prices remain steady this week.


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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