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Read about hay and its contribution to farm inputs and costs.

National summary

National background comments: report for the week ending 12th April, 2019.

The next update will be on Friday 26th April, 2019. Direct links to reports on each dairy region immediately follow this national summary for hay.

Demand for feed continues to be strong throughout much of the nation. We are seeing an ease in demand in the Darling Downs and north coast NSW, however demand in these regions still remains high.

Regions such as the Darling Downs, central west NSW and Gippsland produced little feed this season. Hay has been carted into these regions for some time now. Hay supplies in parts of the nation are becoming limited.

Changes in the price of cereal hay have been noted in the Darling Downs and central South Australia. Price changes have also been noted in north coast NSW, southwest Victoria and southeast South Australia.

There is a lot of hay being transported around the country of varying quality. We caution buyers and recommend feed-testing and viewing fodder before purchasing to be sure of quality of feed.

Northern Australia - Summary

  • New season hay continues to be made in some parts of the region and is on the market. Supply is limited with a lot of hay being carted into the region from the southern parts of the nation.
  • Late rains have started to moisten the soil in parts of the region. Farmers in the region are busy sewing winter crops such as oats, wheat and barley.
  • Securing long term, reliable supplies of quality hay may well be an issue for the north as the year progresses with demand expected to be greater than supply.
  • The Government continues to offer subsidies for transport of fodder, moving livestock and water infrastructure to support eligible farmers in NSW affected by drought. This can be backdated to 1st January 2018. For more information and to apply please visit https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/climate-and-emergencies/droughthub

Southern Australia - Summary

  • New season hay has come into the market with limited carryover from last season and previous years.
  • There was a lot of high moisture hay baled this year with inoculants in southern Australia. If the hay has a high moisture content but is not hot it should be safe. This hay should be sold on a dry matter basis.
  • There is a large amount of canola crops and failed wheat crops that have been turned into hay.
  • The Government continues to offer subsidies for transport of fodder, moving livestock and water infrastructure to support eligible farmers in NSW affected by drought. This can be backdated to 1st January 2018. For more information and to apply please visit https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/climate-and-emergencies/droughthub

Western Australia - Summary

  • Western Australia is very dry and hand feeding is required in the region.
  • There was a lot of high quality hay made this season and this is reflected in the high price for feed in the region.
  • The export industry continues to dominate the WA market and is a solid indicator on pricing. Exporters continue to seek out quality hay and as a result, will set the price in the market for quality hay.

Price change in table below reflects moves since previous report (5th April, 2019)

 

12-April-2019 Hay
Cereal Lucerne Straw Pasture
Atherton Tablelands Price Range N/A N/A N/A $300 $400
Change


Steady
Darling Downs Price Range $530 $575 $600 $700 $350 $400 $400 $500
Change -$23 Steady Steady Steady
North Coast NSW Price Range $500 $550 $600 $700 $250 $350 $200 $350
Change Steady Steady Steady -$15
Central West NSW Price Range $450 $500 $550 $650 $280 $320 $350 $400
Change Steady Steady $75 $25
Bega Valley Price Range $400 $500 $500 $650 $200 $250 $400 $500
Change Steady Steady Steady Steady
Goulburn / Murray Valley Price Range $360 $400 $500 $570 $130 $190 $350 $410
Change Steady Steady Steady Steady
Gippsland Price Range $435 $450 $520 $570 $200 $250 $300 $400
Change Steady Steady Steady Steady
South West Victoria Price Range $350 $385 $425 $500 $150 $200 $260 $320
Change Steady Steady Steady $30
South East South Australia Price Range $300 $330 $400 $470 $130 $170 $260 $300
Change Steady Steady Steady $20
Central Districts SA Price Range $350 $410 $480 $550 $200 $250 N/A N/A
Change $25 $40 $20 N/A
South West WA Price Range $300 $380 $450 $490 $130 $180 $240 $280
Change Steady Steady Steady Steady
North West Tasmania Price Range $130 $170 $250 $300 $80 $130 $100 $140
Change Steady Steady Steady Steady

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