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National summary

National background comments: report for the week ending 14th December, 2018

The next update will be on Friday 21st December, 2018. Direct links to reports on each dairy region immediately follow this national summary for hay.

Rain is anticipated across the nation this week and farmers are preparing themselves for what this will bring.

In north coast NSW, the Goulburn Valley, southeast South Australia central South Australia and Tasmania, farmers are busy baling as much as possible before the forecast rain comes. While in the Darling Downs, central west NSW and Bega, farmers eagerly wait to see what these rains bring.

Demand remains quiet throughout the nation. Lucerne prices have eased in the Darling Downs, central west NSW, southeast South Australia and central South Australia. Price changes have also been noted in the Bega, southwest Victoria, Goulburn Valley, Gippsland and southwest Western 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 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.
  • 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 has announced 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 and silage this season.
  • Late rains have moistened soils and allowed grass growth throughout southern Australia.
  • The Government has announced 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

  • There is good growth in Western Australia and the domestic demand for fodder has eased.
  • Hay making is underway in Western Australia with much of the supply cut and ready to be baled. There are some failed crops that have been made into hay.
  • 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 (7th December 2018)

14-December-2018 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 $500 $600 $250 $300 $250 $350
Change Steady -$50 Steady Steady
North Coast NSW Price Range $330 $400 $500 $750 $250 $350 $250 $300
Change Steady Steady Steady Steady
Central West NSW Price Range $400 $450 $500 $550 $250 $300 $250 $350
Change Steady -$75 Steady Steady
Bega Valley Price Range $400 $500 $500 $650 $200 $250 $400 $500
Change Steady Steady Steady $13
Goulburn / Murray Valley Price Range $350 $380 $540 $575 $150 $200 $310 $425
Change $15 Steady $5 Steady
Gippsland Price Range $400 $470 $550 $600 $200 $250 $225 $350
Change Steady Steady Steady -$213
South West Victoria Price Range $250 $330 $400 $500 $160 $200 $250 $330
Change -$35 Steady Steady Steady
South East South Australia Price Range $250 $330 $450 $550 $160 $180 $250 $300
Change Steady -$25 Steady Steady
Central Districts SA Price Range $290 $330 $420 $550 $160 $250 N/A N/A
Change -$15 -$15 Steady N/A
South West WA Price Range $250 $350 $450 $490 $100 $160 $80 $200
Change Steady Steady $20 Steady
North West Tasmania Price Range $275 $325 $300 $350 $80 $120 $140 $200
Change Steady Steady Steady Steady

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