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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
06-Oct-2017 310 250
13-Oct-2017 310 250
27-Oct-2017 310 250
03-Nov-2017 310 250
17-Nov-2017 295 230

Hay commentary

  • Substantial summer planting occurred in the region, as heavy October rains settle. Forages such as sorghum, millets, cottons, corn and mung beans have been planted out. The region is expecting large supply of summer forages in February, contingent on regular rainfall.
  • After a particularly warm October, temperatures continue to be cooler than average this time of year. This appears to not have an impact on growth.
  • There are still enquiries for hay reported in the region; reports indicate trucks of cereal hay coming into the region from down south.
  • Lucerne was coming in from Gatton last week, with supply extending further south into New South Wales from Dubbo and Forbes.
  • There is limited supply of cereals available.
  • The next 12 months will remain solid/stable for hay prices although the next few weeks will help firm the outlook as current hay production season starts properly.
  • Prices eased slightly as a result of winter crops are coming into the market.
  • Demand appears to be relatively stable but expected to drop as more winter crops are available.
  • Quality for all fodder types is highly variable and should be tested. We recommend careful inspection of fodder and using a trusted supplier when possible.
  • Cereal hay: -$15 ($270 to $320/tonne). Prices eased this week.
  • Lucerne hay -$40 ($320 to $400/tonne). Prices eased this week.
  • Straw: +/-$0 ($160 to $220/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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