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National summary

National background comments: report for the week ending 19th July, 2019.

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

Rain fell this week in the Goulburn Valley, Gippsland, southwest Victoria, southeast South Australia, central South Australia and northwest Tasmania. Farmers in the Atherton Tablelands, north coast NSW and southwest Western Australia, welcomed the break in the weather this week and were busy on the paddocks.

Demand remains strong through most of the country, but consistent rainfall has helped ease local demand in the Goulburn Valley, southwest Victoria, southeast South Australia, central west South Australia and southwest Western Australia. Despite the softening in these regions and additional hay being released onto the market, hay supplies are limited and difficult to source.

Cereal hay prices have firmed this week in the Darling Downs, southwest Victoria and Tasmania. Price changes were also noted in the Goulburn Valley.

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 southern parts of the nation.
  • Late rains moistened soils, and this has allowed many farmers to sow crops. With the lack of follow-up rain in many of these regions these crops are struggling.
  • Sowing percentages are down this season with many farmers not sowing crops.
  • 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

  • This seasons hay is limited in supply and there is limited carryover from 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.
  • Securing long term, reliable supplies of quality hay may well be an issue for parts of the south.
  • Late rains moistened soils and provided an autumn break for farmers in parts of the south of the nation. Some regions in the south have missed out on these rains and sowing percentages are down in these parts of the nation.
  • There are farmers who have sown dual purpose crops rather than their usual rotations for next season.
  • Next seasons crops have germinated in parts of the region. These crops are currently looking healthy in parts of the region that experienced their autumn break.
  • 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

  • Next seasons crops have germinated, and it is currently looking to be another good season.
  • There was a lot of high-quality hay made this season and this is reflected in the high price for feed in the region.
  • Hay supplies are tight in Western Australia.
  • The export industry continues to dominate the Western Australian 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 (12th July, 2019)

19-July-2019 Hay
Cereal Lucerne Straw Pasture
Atherton Tablelands Price Range N/A N/A N/A $300 $400
Change Steady
Darling Downs Price Range $600 $670 $700 $800 $380 $450 $450 $650
Change $10 Steady Steady $100
North Coast NSW Price Range $500 $550 $600 $700 $250 $350 $300 $400
Change Steady Steady Steady Steady
Central West NSW Price Range $550 $650 $650 $750 $320 $400 $400 $500
Change Steady Steady Steady Steady
Bega Valley Price Range $490 $550 $500 $650 $200 $250 $400 $500
Change Steady Steady Steady Steady
Goulburn / Murray Valley Price Range $400 $450 $550 $700 $190 $220 $420 $480
Change Steady -$25 Steady Steady
Gippsland Price Range $500 $550 $550 $570 $220 $260 $440 $560
Change Steady Steady Steady Steady
South West Victoria Price Range $400 $440 $550 $600 $190 $200 $370 $400
Change $20 Steady Steady $5
South East South Australia Price Range $400 $450 $500 $550 $150 $200 $300 $400
Change Steady Steady Steady Steady
Central Districts SA Price Range $400 $440 $520 $600 $200 $250 N/A N/A
Change Steady Steady Steady 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 $200 $230 $350 $400 $80 $130 $160 $230
Change $30 $50 Steady $70

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