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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
02-Feb-2018 230
09-Feb-2018 230
16-Feb-2018 N/A
23-Feb-2018 230
02-Mar-2018 230
09-Mar-2018 275
16-Mar-2018 N/A
23-Mar-2018 280
30-Mar-2018 280
06-Apr-2018 310
20-Apr-2018 310
27-Apr-2018 310
04-May-2018 N/A
11-May-2018 310
18-May-2018 310
25-May-2018 310
01-Jun-2018 310
15-Jun-2018 325
22-Jun-2018 325
29-Jun-2018 325
06-Jul-2018 325
13-Jul-2018 325
27-Jul-2018 325
03-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
05-Oct-2018 310
12-Oct-2018 310
26-Oct-2018 310
02-Nov-2018 310
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

  • Warm-hot weather and patchy rains continue to be reported in the Downs region. Patchy rainfall has left some growers without rain for some time and others with plenty of green pastures, consistency is lacking.
  • Some forage sorghum is starting to be cut for hay. There has been stormy weather reported so minor damage to new sorghum is to be expected.
  • Limited demand from dairy feedlots because of the patchy rain.
  • The feed gap is still present however local demand for feed decreased, most likely due to patchy rainfall.
  • Prices remain steady this week.
  • Cereal hay: +/-$0 ($280 to $320/tonne). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Lucerne hay: +/-$0 ($300 to $400/tonne). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Straw: +/-$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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