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Read hay statistics and data about the Gippsland region.

Date Gipps Cereal Hay '17 Gipps Cereal Hay '16
06-Jan-2017 180 260
13-Jan-2017 180 275
20-Jan-2017 180 275
27-Jan-2017 275
03-Feb-2017 180 275
10-Feb-2017 180 275
24-Feb-2017 180 275
03-Mar-2017 180 275
10-Mar-2017 180 275
24-Mar-2017 180 280
31-Mar-2017 180
07-Apr-2017 180 280
21-Apr-2017 180 285
28-Apr-2017 180
12-May-2017 200 285
19-May-2017 200 285
26-May-2017 200
02-Jun-2017 200 285
16-Jun-2017 200
23-Jun-2017 200 285
30-Jun-2017 200 285
07-Jul-2017 200 285
14-Jul-2017 200
21-Jul-2017 285
28-Jul-2017 200 285
04-Aug-2017 200 285
18-Aug-2017 185 285
25-Aug-2017 185 285
01-Sep-2017 185 275
08-Sep-2017 185 275
15-Sep-2017 175 275
22-Sep-2017 175

Hay commentary

  • Limited buying of hay was reported this week with low demand in the region.
  • Majority of demand continues to be from farmers in the east including the Macalister Irrigation District which have been the driest part of the region for some months.
  • Silage is talked about by most farmers. This is adding to the general slowdown of the market.
  • Farmers are considering feed requirements for the coming season, including the possibility of a dry summer.
  • Reports suggests many farmers will look to cover feed requirements on farm this season.
  • There has been some increase in uptake for mid-range feed in recent weeks.
  • The most in demand fodder type is premium quality cereal hay with many farmers rejecting cheaper feed and focusing on animal health and output.
  • We recommend obtaining a mould and yeast test, a feed test and using a trusted a supplier when purchasing fodder this year.
  • Cereal hay: +/-$0 ($140 to $210/tonnes). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Lucerne hay: +/-$0 ($290 to $320/tonnes). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Straw: +/-$0 ($130 to $160/tonnes). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Pasture hay: +/-$0 ($120 to $190/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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