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National background comments: report for the week ending 20th September, 2019.
The next update will be on Friday 4th October, 2019. Direct links to reports on each dairy region immediately follow this national summary for hay.
The weather is starting to warm, however, we are still getting frosts axross the country. Frost presence was reported this week in the Atherton Tablelands, central west NSW, Bega, the Goulburn Valley, Gippsland, southeast South Australia, central South Australia and northwest Tasmania.
Frosts have damaged crops in central South Australia and southwest Western Australia with many crops that were sown for grain now being turned into hay. In the Atherton Tablelands frosts may affect crops coming back. Frosts in Bega and central west NSW are further drying the soil.
Many failed crops in central west NSW are being turned into hay this week. There is a little bit of hay being made in the Darling Downs and farmers in north coast NSW are busy making both hay and silage. Some hay is being made this week in central South Australia and southwest Western Australia and there is a little bit of early silage being made in Gippsland.
There is a lot of enquiry about new season hay around the nation. Price changes have been noted this week in the Atherton Tablelands and central west NSW.
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 the 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.
- With few crops sown and prevailing dry conditions, there will be limited hay made this season for parts of the region.
- There are some failed crops being made into hay in the region but these a few.
- 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.
Southern Australia - Summary
Last seasons hay is limited in supply and there is limited carryover from previous years.
- Next seasons crops are looking promising for most of the region. Many farmers are anticipating a good hay season ahead.
- Parts of the region have experienced a tough finish and crops in these regions are struggling. It is not yet known what will happen with these crops.
- Frosts in the region have damaged some crops and there will be frost affected grain crops turned into hay this season.
- New season hay is starting to be made in southern Australia.
Western Australia - Summary
Crops are currently 2-3 weeks behind and yields are looking below an average season.
- There was less canola sown this season due to the late autumn break and what has been sown is patchy.
- A lot of canola that was sown will not have the yields, these will be made into hay.
- There was a lot of high quality hay made last season and this is reflected in the high price for feed in the region.
- New season hay is being made in the region.
- Hay supplies are tight in Western Australia.
- 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 (13th September, 2019)