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Read hay statistics and data about the South West Western Australia region.

Date SW WA Cereal Hay '17 SW WA Cereal Hay '16
06-Jan-2017 190 225
13-Jan-2017 190 225
20-Jan-2017 190 225
27-Jan-2017 225
03-Feb-2017 190 245
10-Feb-2017 190 245
24-Feb-2017 190 260
03-Mar-2017 190 260
10-Mar-2017 190 260
24-Mar-2017 190 260
31-Mar-2017 190
07-Apr-2017 190 260
21-Apr-2017 190 280
28-Apr-2017 190
12-May-2017 190 280
19-May-2017 190 280
26-May-2017 190
02-Jun-2017 190 280
16-Jun-2017 190
23-Jun-2017 190 280
30-Jun-2017 190 280
07-Jul-2017 160 280
14-Jul-2017 160
21-Jul-2017 280
28-Jul-2017 160 280
04-Aug-2017 160 280
18-Aug-2017 160 280
25-Aug-2017 160 280
01-Sep-2017 160 280
08-Sep-2017 160 280
15-Sep-2017 160 260
22-Sep-2017 160

Hay commentary

  • There were no major changes to hay prices this week as trading was limited.
  • There is a great deal of variability between growers in the region. Some are expecting a fair season while others have had little rainfall.
  • Whilst the season currently is not too bad, further rain is required to secure a productive harvest.
  • Exporters are expecting more than enough supply for another bumper year of fodder exports, but domestically it could be a little leaner. This will dependant of rainfall and the length of the dry summer period.
  • Crops are late throughout the region but improved marginally in the past month.
  • Pasture growth is returning and taking the impetus out of hay trading.
  • Comments suggest that the north of the region had the poorest winter for rain and is unlikely to produce much hay this season.
  • Trade in small bales in the sheep/equine industry continues but supplies are diminishing.
  • We continue to advocate for obtaining a feed test and a mould and yeast test when purchasing fodder this year.
  • Cereal hay: +/-$0 ($140 to $180/tonnes). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Lucerne hay: +/-$0 ($450 to $490). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Straw: +/-$0 ($100 to $130/tonnes). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Pasture hay: +/-$0 ($150 to $200/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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