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National summary

National background comments: report for the week ending 1st November, 2019.

The next update will be on Friday 15th November, 2019. Direct links to reports on each dairy region immediately follow this national summary for hay.

Hot dry conditions have been experienced this week in the Darling Downs, central west NSW, Bega, the Goulburn Valley, southeast South Australia, and central South Australia. There is a cool change forecast for the weekend. This cool change has been forecast to bring decent rainfall to parts of NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.

There is a lot of hay on the ground in Victoria and South Australia. Many farmers are trying to get this in a bale before the rain comes. For many the days and nights have been too dry to bale. There will be hay left on the ground in some parts of South Australia and Victoria when the cool change and rain comes.

A lot of new season hay has already moved. Cereal hay, vetch and canola continue to come onto the market. We are starting to see new season lucerne and straw coming entering the market in the north.

Changes in the price of cereal hay has been noted in central west NSW, southwest Victoria, and central South Australia this week. However, no other price movements were noted this week.

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

  • The cereal hay season is ending for much of the region. There was little made this season and many crops failed. Supply of feed is limited with a lot of hay being carted into the region from the southern parts of the country.
  • There are failed wheat crops that have been turned into hay this season.
  • 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. https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/climate-and-emergencies/droughthub

Southern Australia - Summary

  • Last season hay supplies are limited and there is very little carryover from previous years.
  • New season cereal hay is being made in parts of the region and is starting to flood the market, this hay is moving fast.
  • There are a lot of frost damaged crops that have been turned into hay this season.
  • There are some parts in the south of the region that are looking to have a good season
  • The Government continues to offer subsidies for transport of fodder, moving livestock and water infrastructure to support eligible farmers in NSW affected by drought. https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/climate-and-emergencies/droughthub
     

Western Australia - Summary

  • Many canola crops have been made into hay this season.
  • Overall, yields are down across the state and this sustaining a firm price.
  • With limited carryover from previous seasons and poor yields across the state, securing long-term, reliable sources of feed may be an issue.
  • 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 (25th October, 2019)

01-November-2019 Hay
Cereal Lucerne Straw Pasture
Atherton Tablelands Price Range N/A N/A N/A $440 $460
Change Steady
Darling Downs Price Range $400 $450 $600 $700 $250 $350 $450 $650
Change Steady Steady Steady Steady
North Coast NSW Price Range $400 $460 $600 $700 $270 $330 $300 $400
Change Steady Steady Steady Steady
Central West NSW Price Range $380 $460 $600 $700 $240 $280 $400 $500
Change $20 Steady Steady Steady
Bega Valley Price Range $350 $390 $650 $700 $300 $350 $400 $500
Change Steady Steady Steady Steady
Goulburn / Murray Valley Price Range $220 $250 $500 $520 $120 $150 $270 $330
Change Steady Steady Steady Steady
Gippsland Price Range $320 $360 $550 $650 $220 $260 $440 $560
Change Steady Steady Steady Steady
South West Victoria Price Range $230 $300 $450 $520 $190 $200 $350 $400
Change -$10 Steady Steady Steady
South East South Australia Price Range $230 $260 $550 $600 $150 $200 $300 $400
Change Steady Steady Steady Steady
Central Districts SA Price Range $200 $250 $570 $650 $220 $250 N/A N/A
Change $15 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 $220 $260 $350 $400 $80 $130 $170 $220
Change Steady Steady Steady Steady

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