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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 8th February, 2019.

The next update will be on Friday 22nd February, 2019. Direct links to reports on each dairy region immediately follow this national summary for hay.

Rain has fallen this week in the Atherton Tablelands, Bega and parts of central west NSW and central South Australia. Rain is forecast for Gippsland and southwest Victoria.

Farmers in the Darling Downs, central west NSW, the Goulburn Valley and southeast South Australia continue to make lucerne hay; for some of these farmers they are completing their final cut.

Cereal hay price change have been noted in north coast NSW, central west NSW, the Goulburn Valley, southwest Victoria southeast South Australia, central South Australia, southwest Western Australia and northwest Tasmania.

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 is being made in 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.
  • High temperatures for parts of the region have dried soils and affected summer crops and grass growth.
  • 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-emergancies/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 and silage this 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. This can be backdated to 1st January 2018. For more information and to apply please visit https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/climate-and-emergancies/droughthub

Western Australia - Summary

  • There is good growth in Western Australia and the domestic demand for fodder has eased.
  • Hay making is drawing to a close in Western Australia. Yields in the region have been mixed but for many it has been an above average season.
  • 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 (1st February, 2019)

 

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


Steady
Darling Downs Price Range $450 $550 $580 $650 $220 $330 $250 $350
Change Steady Steady Steady Steady
North Coast NSW Price Range $400 $500 $500 $750 $250 $350 $300 $350
Change $70 Steady Steady $50
Central West NSW Price Range $400 $450 $500 $550 $200 $300 $300 $400
Change -$25 Steady Steady $50
Bega Valley Price Range $400 $500 $500 $650 $200 $250 $400 $500
Change Steady Steady Steady Steady
Goulburn / Murray Valley Price Range $320 $370 $450 $570 $130 $190 $250 $290
Change -$20 -$40 -$15 -$68
Gippsland Price Range $370 $480 $550 $600 $200 $250 $210 $390
Change $10 Steady Steady Steady
South West Victoria Price Range $250 $320 $450 $500 $160 $200 $220 $280
Change -$18 $10 Steady -$15
South East South Australia Price Range $250 $330 $350 $430 $130 $220 $260 $300
Change -$10 -$20 Steady Steady
Central Districts SA Price Range $300 $370 $420 $500 $160 $250 N/A N/A
Change $10 Steady Steady N/A
South West WA Price Range $230 $380 $450 $490 $100 $160 $200 $280
Change $5 Steady Steady Steady
North West Tasmania Price Range $130 $180 $300 $350 $80 $150 $100 $180
Change -$10 Steady $25 $30

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