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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
26-Jan-2018 185 160
02-Feb-2018 185 160
09-Feb-2018 185 160
16-Feb-2018 185 160
23-Feb-2018 185 160
02-Mar-2018 200 160
09-Mar-2018 200 160
16-Mar-2018 185 160
23-Mar-2018 185 160
30-Mar-2018 197.5 160
06-Apr-2018 210 160
13-Apr-2018 210 160
20-Apr-2018 242.5 160
27-Apr-2018 275 160
04-May-2018 280 160
11-May-2018 285 160
18-May-2018 285 161
25-May-2018 285 165
01-Jun-2018 285 165
08-Jun-2018 285 165
15-Jun-2018 285 165
22-Jun-2018 165
29-Jun-2018 165
06-Jul-2018 165
13-Jul-2018 180
20-Jul-2018 180
27-Jul-2018 180
03-Aug-2018 180
10-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
28-Sep-2018 160
05-Oct-2018 160
12-Oct-2018 160
19-Oct-2018 165
26-Oct-2018 170
02-Nov-2018 170
09-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

  • The central west of New South Wales has had patchy rainfall over the past two weeks. Orange received between 5-16 millimetres of rain in the last week with Forbes only recording 4 millimetres. A cold front is expected this weekend with snow forecast and a temperature maximum of 4 degrees.
  • The Government has announced transport grants to support farmers affected by drought.
  • Germination has slowed right off as the cold front hits this region. Most on-farm activity is concentrated around feeding and maintaining livestock, which is challenging with the limited supply of fodder. Some pockets around Cowra and Young seem to have some established canola and grazing crops.
  • Demand has hit a peak and is plateauing for this region. Lucerne is hard to source, as supply is limited and what’s left is most likely already committed.
  • Farmers have been offloading stock. Hay is being sourced from Victoria and South Australia where available and low-grade carryover from 2016 is moving. Export reserves are being acquired.
  • No price changes noted.
  • Cereal hay: +/-$0 ($250 to $320/tonne). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Lucerne hay: +/-$0 ($350 to $450/tonne). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Straw: +$10 ($100 to $130/tonne). Prices have firmed this week.
  • Pasture hay: +/-$0 ($180 to $250/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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