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Read hay statistics and data about the North Coast New South Wales region.

Date Nthn NSW Cereal Hay '17 Nthn NSW Cereal Hay '16
06-Jan-2017 245 275
13-Jan-2017 245 275
20-Jan-2017 245 285
27-Jan-2017 285
03-Feb-2017 245 285
10-Feb-2017 245 285
24-Feb-2017 245 285
03-Mar-2017 245 285
10-Mar-2017 265 285
24-Mar-2017 265 285
31-Mar-2017 265
07-Apr-2017 275 285
21-Apr-2017 275 285
28-Apr-2017 275
12-May-2017 275 285
19-May-2017 275 285
26-May-2017 275
02-Jun-2017 275 285
16-Jun-2017 275
23-Jun-2017 275 295
30-Jun-2017 275 295
07-Jul-2017 275 295
14-Jul-2017 280
21-Jul-2017 295
28-Jul-2017 300 295
04-Aug-2017 300 295
18-Aug-2017 300 280
25-Aug-2017 315 280
01-Sep-2017 315 280
08-Sep-2017 325 235
15-Sep-2017 325 235
22-Sep-2017 325
06-Oct-2017 325 235
13-Oct-2017 325 235
27-Oct-2017 325 235
03-Nov-2017 325 235
17-Nov-2017 290 215

Hay Commentary

  • Unseasonal rainfall continued this week. Reportedly heavy rains were falling five out of seven days a week, which makes pasture, vetch and cereal haymaking difficult.
  • Along with the rains, temperatures are ten degrees cooler than usual, slowing plant growth.
  • The quality of pasture in September was ordinary after a dry winter and late frosts. Not all crops were cut.
  • Wet conditions slowed demand for feed, forecast summer production of rice, soy and corn remain positive if rains continue.
  • There is limited supply of cereal hay, lucerne and straw in the region. Lucerne is sourced from Tamworth.
  • Some good quality vetch was made and sold for $300-$350/tonne.
  • Cereal hay: -$35 ($280 to $300/tonne). Prices eased this week.
  • Lucerne hay: -$25 ($380 to $400/tonne). Prices eased this week.
  • Straw: +/-$0 ($200 to $240/tonne). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Pasture hay: -$40 ($200 to $250/tonne). Prices eased this week.


Change in price is the change since the last report. Prices are estimates based on delivery to dairy farms with allowance for freight, storage, and marketing costs, but exclusive of GST. Wheat prices are for the relevant stockfeed wheat available in a region (ASW, AGP, SFW1 or FED1) and F1 for barley.

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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