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Read hay statistics and data about the Darling Downs region.

Date SE QLD Cereal Hay '18 SE QLD Cereal Hay '17
05-Jan-2018 300 230
12-Jan-2018 300 230
19-Jan-2018 300 230
26-Jan-2018 300 230
02-Feb-2018 300 230
09-Feb-2018 300 230
16-Feb-2018 310 230
23-Feb-2018 320 230
02-Mar-2018 320 230
09-Mar-2018 320 275
16-Mar-2018 320 277.5
23-Mar-2018 320 280
30-Mar-2018 320 280
06-Apr-2018 320 310
13-Apr-2018 320 310
20-Apr-2018 320 310
27-Apr-2018 320 310
04-May-2018 320 310
11-May-2018 320 310
18-May-2018 350 311
25-May-2018 350 310
01-Jun-2018 360 310
08-Jun-2018 360 317.5
15-Jun-2018 360 325
22-Jun-2018 325
29-Jun-2018 325
06-Jul-2018 325
13-Jul-2018 325
20-Jul-2018 325
27-Jul-2018 325
03-Aug-2018 325
10-Aug-2018 325
17-Aug-2018 325
24-Aug-2018 325
31-Aug-2018 325
07-Sep-2018 325
14-Sep-2018 310
21-Sep-2018 310
28-Sep-2018 310
05-Oct-2018 310
12-Oct-2018 310
19-Oct-2018 310
26-Oct-2018 310
02-Nov-2018 310
09-Nov-2018 302.5
16-Nov-2018 295
23-Nov-2018 295
30-Nov-2018 295
07-Dec-2018 300
14-Dec-2018 300
21-Dec-2018 300

Hay commentary

  • The Darling Downs region has not had rainfall over the past two weeks and temperatures are mild. Frosts are beginning to emerge.
  • There has not been much fodder planted yet, as planting is mostly determined by rainfall in this region. There is reportedly not much roughage such as barley and wheat straw in the market and alternatives such as high-moisture corn and sorghum stubble, almond hulls and cottonseed are being sourced.
  • Demand has picked up a little but it’s fairly moderate.
  • There continues to be a hay shortage in this area and it’s expensive to source. There is very limited supply of cereal lucerne and straw in this region. Farmers are securing hay where possible.
  • There is some vetch available with prices comparable to lucerne hay. There is some pasture hay selling locally for $250-$300 per tonne delivered.
  • Cereal hay: +/-$0 ($340 to $380/tonne). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Lucerne hay: +/-$0 ($400 to $540/tonne). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Straw: +/-$0 ($250 to $320/tonne). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Pasture hay: ($250 to $300/tonne).


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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