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

Date SW WA Cereal Hay '18 SW WA Cereal Hay '17
05-Jan-2018 175 190
12-Jan-2018 175 190
19-Jan-2018 175 190
02-Feb-2018 190
09-Feb-2018 190
16-Feb-2018 N/A
23-Feb-2018 190
02-Mar-2018 190
09-Mar-2018 190
16-Mar-2018 N/A
23-Mar-2018 190
30-Mar-2018 190
06-Apr-2018 190
20-Apr-2018 190
27-Apr-2018 190
04-May-2018 N/A
11-May-2018 190
18-May-2018 190
25-May-2018 190
01-Jun-2018 190
15-Jun-2018 190
22-Jun-2018 190
29-Jun-2018 190
06-Jul-2018 160
13-Jul-2018 160
27-Jul-2018 160
03-Aug-2018 160
17-Aug-2018 160
24-Aug-2018 160
31-Aug-2018 160
07-Sep-2018 160
14-Sep-2018 160
21-Sep-2018 160
05-Oct-2018 160
12-Oct-2018 160
26-Oct-2018 160
02-Nov-2018 160
16-Nov-2018 150
23-Nov-2018 150
30-Nov-2018 150
07-Dec-2018 150
14-Dec-2018 175
21-Dec-2018 175

Hay commentary

  • The region has been inundated with an unusual summer rainfall this week, as reported by the Bureau of Meteorology. Ex-tropical Cyclone Joyce hit on Monday with areas receiving over 100 millimetres of rainfall in one day.
  • Although there is little trading of fodder occurring, it is expected to increase after Cyclone Joyce.
  • The harvest is winding down, as the last of straw grass is cut and baled. There wasn’t much straw produced this year in Western Australia following last year’s bumper crop and little domestic demand. Export straw demand is consistent yet in small quantities.
  • The export market demand is consistent in WA, as exporters are receiving new season oaten hay and beginning to make assessments. Quality is high this year with minor weather damage.
  • There is no price change noted this week.
  • Cereal hay: +/-$0 ($100 to $250/tonne). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Lucerne hay: +/-$0 ($450 to $490). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Straw: +/-$0 ($80 to 110/tonne) Prices remain steady this week.
  • Pasture hay: +/-$0 ($80 to $200/tonne). Prices remain steady this week.
  • It is worth noting that what is classified as pasture hay in WA can vary greatly from meadow hay to sewn medics, citronella and clovers. Medics and clovers expect to get higher prices than meadow grass.


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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