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Read hay statistics and data about the South East South Australia region.

Date SE SA Cereal Hay '18 SE SA Cereal Hay '17
05-Jan-2018 110 170
12-Jan-2018 110 170
19-Jan-2018 100 170
02-Feb-2018 135
09-Feb-2018 135
16-Feb-2018 N/A
23-Feb-2018 135
02-Mar-2018 135
09-Mar-2018 135
16-Mar-2018 N/A
23-Mar-2018 135
30-Mar-2018 135
06-Apr-2018 135
20-Apr-2018 135
27-Apr-2018 135
04-May-2018 N/A
11-May-2018 140
18-May-2018 140
25-May-2018 140
01-Jun-2018 140
15-Jun-2018 140
22-Jun-2018 140
29-Jun-2018 140
06-Jul-2018 140
13-Jul-2018 140
27-Jul-2018 140
03-Aug-2018 140
17-Aug-2018 140
24-Aug-2018 140
31-Aug-2018 140
07-Sep-2018 140
14-Sep-2018 115
21-Sep-2018 115
05-Oct-2018 115
12-Oct-2018 115
26-Oct-2018 115
02-Nov-2018 115
16-Nov-2018 100
23-Nov-2018 100
30-Nov-2018 110
07-Dec-2018 110
14-Dec-2018 110
21-Dec-2018 110

Hay commentary

  • Prices for cereal and lucerne eased with very little demand for fodder in the area. According to sources, there is little stock around to feed and an oversupply of feed from the bumper crop in 2016.
  • Sheds are very full of hay. There is a lot of low-grade carryover in southeast Australia, which will continue to hamper local demand for feed.
  • Land is beginning to dry out and demand is expected to increase.
  • A fire in Murray Bridge last week destroyed the Thomas Foods International abattoir, Australia’s largest family-owned meat processing plant. It is still too early to tell how this will impact on the fodder market.
  • New season vetch is available at $200/tonne on farm. Limited old-season vetch is available for $180-$190/tonne.
  • Cereal hay: -$10 ($60 to $140/tonne). Prices eased this week.
  • Lucerne hay: -$30 ($160 to $200/tonne). Prices eased this week.
  • Straw: +/-$0 ($60 to $90/tonne). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Pasture hay: +/-$0 ($70 to 150/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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