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

Date SE SA Cereal Hay '17 SE SA Cereal Hay '16
06-Jan-2017 170 225
13-Jan-2017 170 225
20-Jan-2017 170 235
27-Jan-2017 235
03-Feb-2017 135 235
10-Feb-2017 135 235
24-Feb-2017 135 235
03-Mar-2017 135 235
10-Mar-2017 135 235
24-Mar-2017 135 230
31-Mar-2017 135
07-Apr-2017 135 230
21-Apr-2017 135 230
28-Apr-2017 135
12-May-2017 140 230
19-May-2017 140 230
26-May-2017 140
02-Jun-2017 140 235
16-Jun-2017 140
23-Jun-2017 140 235
30-Jun-2017 140 240
07-Jul-2017 140 240
14-Jul-2017 140
21-Jul-2017 240
28-Jul-2017 140 240
04-Aug-2017 140 240
18-Aug-2017 140 235
25-Aug-2017 140 235
01-Sep-2017 140 235
08-Sep-2017 140 235
15-Sep-2017 115 230
22-Sep-2017 115
06-Oct-2017 115 230
13-Oct-2017 115 230
27-Oct-2017 115 230
03-Nov-2017 115 205
17-Nov-2017 100 170

Hay commentary

  • Rainfall in the region has put a halt to current hay production.
  • Depending on what area in southeast South Australia hay is ready to be cut, has been cut and in some areas baled and shedded.
  • In Mallee, the hay season is close to finished and expected to be baling straw in a couple of weeks.
  • Very little trading reported in the region this week (domestic demand is reportedly flat) and plenty of supply available locally, prices eased as a result.
  • The hay produced so far has been of excellent quality.
  • Pastures are reportedly in good shape and with ongoing rain events, pastures are holding up well; this is causing a softening in local demand for hay.
  • Some reports indicate new season hay sold off the back of the baler for $100-$110/tonne, below the current reported range, this price point reflects the volumes of carryover stocks in the region.
  • Good quality vetch hay has been reported around $180-$190/tonne, this may soften current lucerne price indicated.
  • Reports suggest some cereal crops will go to grain this year and will not be cut for hay.
  • The region continues to be one of the most reliable in terms of cereal hay quality in the country.
  • To ensure quality we continue to advocate for the careful inspection of fodder before purchase.
  • Cereal hay: -$15 ($80 to $120/tonne). Prices eased this week but pricing will vary according to if the hay is last season carryover stocks or new season hay.
  • Lucerne hay: +/-$0 ($240 to $300/tonne). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Straw: -$15 ($80 to $100/tonne). Prices eased this week in response to the impact of carryover hay as a substitute for straw.
  • Pasture hay: +/-$0 ($100 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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