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Read hay statistics and data about the Gippsland region.

Date Gipps Cereal Hay '18 Gipps Cereal Hay '17
05-Jan-2018 175 180
12-Jan-2018 175 180
19-Jan-2018 175 180
26-Jan-2018 175 180
02-Feb-2018 175 180
09-Feb-2018 175 180
16-Feb-2018 180 180
23-Feb-2018 185 180
02-Mar-2018 185 180
09-Mar-2018 185 180
16-Mar-2018 185 180
23-Mar-2018 185 180
30-Mar-2018 185 180
06-Apr-2018 185 180
13-Apr-2018 185 180
20-Apr-2018 185 180
27-Apr-2018 185 180
04-May-2018 185 180
11-May-2018 185 180
18-May-2018 185 181
25-May-2018 185 200
01-Jun-2018 185 200
08-Jun-2018 207.5 200
15-Jun-2018 230 200
22-Jun-2018 285 200
29-Jun-2018 200
06-Jul-2018 200
13-Jul-2018 200
20-Jul-2018 200
27-Jul-2018 200
03-Aug-2018 200
10-Aug-2018 192.5
17-Aug-2018 185
24-Aug-2018 185
31-Aug-2018 185
07-Sep-2018 185
14-Sep-2018 175
21-Sep-2018 175
28-Sep-2018 175
05-Oct-2018 175
12-Oct-2018 175
19-Oct-2018 175
26-Oct-2018 175
02-Nov-2018 175
09-Nov-2018 175
16-Nov-2018 175
23-Nov-2018 175
30-Nov-2018 175
07-Dec-2018 175
14-Dec-2018 175
21-Dec-2018 175

Hay commentary

  • There is a mixed report of rainfall measurements across Gippsland for June. Macalister Irrigation District (MID) reportedly received an average of 15 millimetres in the last week, with three frosts that followed the rain. It’s still very dry in this region. Bairnsdale. Reported about 30 millimetres but is also still very dry, and Warragul (west) and Leongatha (south) are starting to get wetter.
  • Dairy farmers are starting to acquire straw to blend with their silage. Reportedly, direct drilling is down by 50% this season on the MID due to lack of rain and moisture this season. It is interesting to note that there is a general consensus that farmers in the Gippsland region have been shocked by the limited national supply of hay and firming of prices.
  • Hay is increasingly hard to source in Gippsland and demand is strong. There have been regular trucks carting hay right throughout the region. There is limited vetch and lucerne.
  • Hay prices firmed this week. According to sources, there is limited vetch selling for $350-$390 per tonne delivered locally.
  • Cereal hay: +$55 ($250 to $320/tonne). Prices firmed this week.
  • Lucerne hay: +/-$0 ($380 to $450/tonne). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Straw: +$15 ($140 to $200/tonne). Prices firmed this week.
  • Pasture hay: +$20 ($120 to $280/tonne). Prices firmed 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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