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

Date CW NSW Cereal Hay '18 CW NSW Cereal Hay '17
05-Jan-2018 185 175
12-Jan-2018 185 175
19-Jan-2018 185 160
02-Feb-2018 185 160
09-Feb-2018 185 160
23-Feb-2018 185 160
02-Mar-2018 160
09-Mar-2018 160
16-Mar-2018 N/A
23-Mar-2018 160
30-Mar-2018 160
06-Apr-2018 160
20-Apr-2018 160
27-Apr-2018 160
04-May-2018 N/A
11-May-2018 160
18-May-2018 165
25-May-2018 165
01-Jun-2018 165
15-Jun-2018 165
22-Jun-2018 165
29-Jun-2018 165
06-Jul-2018 165
13-Jul-2018 180
27-Jul-2018 180
03-Aug-2018 180
17-Aug-2018 180
24-Aug-2018 180
31-Aug-2018 160
07-Sep-2018 160
14-Sep-2018 160
21-Sep-2018 160
05-Oct-2018 160
12-Oct-2018 160
26-Oct-2018 170
02-Nov-2018 170
16-Nov-2018 170
23-Nov-2018 180
30-Nov-2018 200
07-Dec-2018 200
14-Dec-2018 200
21-Dec-2018 200

Hay commentary

  • There has been a shift in the market this week with reports suggesting increased demand coming from Queensland and the Hunter Valley.
  • Prices for cereals, lucerne and straw firmed as a response to demand and limited supply in the region.
  • The focus on farm is irrigating lucerne, which is predicted to be on its 5th cut for the season. Quality is second-grade this year as summer rainfall prevented cutting at the optimum stage, but yields should be adequate.
  • The weather is hot and dry however a storm is predicted for the weekend.
  • There is very little straw available in the region and is generally of poor quality with rain damage after the grain harvest.
  • Cereal hay: +$15 ($200 to $220/tonne). Prices firmed this week.
  • Lucerne hay: +$50 ($50 to $400/tonne). Prices firmed this week.
  • Straw: +$5 ($80 to $100/tonne). Prices firmed this week.
  • Pasture hay: +/-$0 ($150 to 200/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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