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

Date Central SA Cereal Hay '17 Central SA Cereal Hay '16
06-Jan-2017 140 230
13-Jan-2017 140 230
20-Jan-2017 140 230
27-Jan-2017 230
03-Feb-2017 125 230
10-Feb-2017 125 225
24-Feb-2017 125 225
03-Mar-2017 125 225
10-Mar-2017 125 225
24-Mar-2017 125 225
31-Mar-2017 125
07-Apr-2017 125 225
21-Apr-2017 125 225
28-Apr-2017 125
12-May-2017 125 225
19-May-2017 125 225
26-May-2017 125
02-Jun-2017 125 225
16-Jun-2017 125
23-Jun-2017 125 225
30-Jun-2017 125 235
07-Jul-2017 125 235
14-Jul-2017 130
21-Jul-2017 235
28-Jul-2017 130 235
04-Aug-2017 130 235
18-Aug-2017 130 235
25-Aug-2017 125 235
01-Sep-2017 125 235
08-Sep-2017 125 235
15-Sep-2017 105 175
22-Sep-2017 105
06-Oct-2017 105 195
13-Oct-2017 105 195
27-Oct-2017 105 195
03-Nov-2017 105 195
17-Nov-2017 105 150

Hay commentary

  • Domestic trading is slow at the moment and recent rain is not increasing demand. No changes to prices were reported this week.
  • Hay production has mostly finished and straw is about to start being baled.
  • Growers are looking to offload as much of last season’s hay as possible and exporters are looking to move last season’s hay before making new season hay available to customers.
  • The region has made a good comeback from a late winter but acreage for hay is back this year because of last year’s excellent production; a number of growers decided not to make hay this year.
  • Current season hay is of a good colour but feed tests for quality are not as good as hoped, most likely a result of the dry finish.
  • Obtaining a feed test when buying hay is highly recommended.
  • Cereal hay: +/-$0 ($80 to 130/tonne). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Lucerne hay: +/-$0 ($250 to 300/tonne). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Straw: +/-$0 ($80 to $110/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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