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Read hay statistics and data about the Darling Downs region.

Date SE QLD Cereal Hay '17 SE QLD Cereal Hay '16
06-Jan-2017 230 320
13-Jan-2017 230 320
20-Jan-2017 230 320
27-Jan-2017 320
03-Feb-2017 230 320
10-Feb-2017 230 320
24-Feb-2017 230 320
03-Mar-2017 230 320
10-Mar-2017 275 320
24-Mar-2017 280 320
31-Mar-2017 280
07-Apr-2017 310 320
21-Apr-2017 310 320
28-Apr-2017 310
12-May-2017 310 320
19-May-2017 310 320
26-May-2017 310
02-Jun-2017 310 320
16-Jun-2017 325
23-Jun-2017 325 320
30-Jun-2017 325 320
07-Jul-2017 325 320
14-Jul-2017 325
21-Jul-2017 320
28-Jul-2017 325 320
04-Aug-2017 325 320
18-Aug-2017 325 300
25-Aug-2017 325 300
01-Sep-2017 325 300
08-Sep-2017 325 265
15-Sep-2017 310 265
22-Sep-2017 310

Hay commentary

  • With the season ahead of schedule, new season feed hit the market.
  • The introduction of local cereal hay eased pressure off farmers who previously had to look to the far south for feed.
  • Prices too eased in the past fortnight with farmers dodging large freight costs.
  • Comments suggest that new season hay will not be enough to service farmers in the area.
  • Hay traders predict a lull in demand from southern regions for the coming weeks but remerge later in the year.
  • Dry conditions resulted in some cereal crops usually destined to be cut for hay having cattle run on them.
  • Protein hay is in particularly high demand and is fetching a premium.
  • As supply decreases, quality for all fodder types is highly variable and should be tested. We advocate for careful inspection of fodder and using a trusted supplier when possible.
  • Cereal hay: +/-$0 ($270 to $350/tonnes). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Lucerne hay +/-$0 ($400 to $450/tonnes). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Straw: +/-$0 ($200 to $240/tonnes). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Pasture hay: +/-$0 ($250 to $300/tonnes) 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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