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Read hay statistics and data about the Central West New South Wales region.

Date CW NSW Cereal Hay '17 CW NSW Cereal Hay '16
06-Jan-2017 175 255
13-Jan-2017 175 255
20-Jan-2017 160 255
27-Jan-2017 255
03-Feb-2017 160 245
10-Feb-2017 160 245
24-Feb-2017 160 245
03-Mar-2017 160 245
10-Mar-2017 160 245
24-Mar-2017 160 230
31-Mar-2017 160
07-Apr-2017 160 230
21-Apr-2017 160 230
28-Apr-2017 160
12-May-2017 160 230
19-May-2017 165 230
26-May-2017 165
02-Jun-2017 165 230
16-Jun-2017 165
23-Jun-2017 165 240
30-Jun-2017 165 240
07-Jul-2017 165 240
14-Jul-2017 180
21-Jul-2017 240
28-Jul-2017 180 240
04-Aug-2017 180 240
18-Aug-2017 180 240
25-Aug-2017 180 240
01-Sep-2017 160 240
08-Sep-2017 160 210
15-Sep-2017 160 235
22-Sep-2017 160
06-Oct-2017 160 235
13-Oct-2017 160 235
27-Oct-2017 170 235
03-Nov-2017 170 235
17-Nov-2017 170 235

Hay commentary

  • Wheat, grain and canola harvesting is underway, with storage facilities opening up for their second day. Approximately 10% has been cut.
  • The region is experiencing an unseasonably and windy ‘spring’ compared with typical winter-summer transitions. Temperatures are particularly cool for this time of year. Rainfall is forecast this week, which may impact the wheat, grain and canola harvest.
  • Cereal hay harvesting is finished which either been directly sold or stored to contracted feedlots and dairy farms. Production is down 25% this year. Demand is consistent.
  • There is high demand for good quality hay from dairy farms and feedlots.
  • Lucerne hay has been sold straight off the farm with not much left stored. Prices for good quality lucerne increased by $50 per tonne.
  • Small bales of lucerne are in high demand and given good quality, prices are $13/bale (+ GST).
  • There is limited availability of canola.
  • The region will look to Victoria and South Australia for hay this season.
  • Hay prices remain steady with pasture production low this year.
  • Cereal hay: +/-$0 ($140 to $200/tonne). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Lucerne hay: +$25 ($300 to $400/tonne) Prices firmed this week.
  • Straw: +/-$0 ($110 to $130/tonne). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Pasture hay: +$15 ($150 to 200/tonne). Prices firmed 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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