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National summary

National background comments: report for the week ending 10th August, 2018

The next update will be on Friday 17th August, 2018. Direct links to reports on each dairy region immediately follow this national summary for hay.

With the week behind us we look at the weather and what it has brought us.

Rain continues in northwest Tasmania, southeast South Australia, Western Australia and southwest Victoria. This consistent heavy rain has caused waterlogging in these regions. Bega, the Darling Down, central west NSW and east Gippsland remain dry and in need of good rainfall.

The demand for fodder is strong throughout the nation and supply is limited. Late rains have alleviated the situation in southwest Western Australia and has eased the regions demand for fodder.

Farmers in the Darling Downs and NSW are sourcing alternative feeds, which are becoming increasingly expensive and difficult to source. Sorghum stubble and corn stalks are being baled for use and these supplies are limited.

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

  • Protein and roughage is becoming difficult to source in the north, alternative feeds such as sorghum stubble and high-moisture corn stubble is being used in the region.
  • Alternative fodder supplies such as almond hulls and cottonseed are impacting on the fodder market at present. These alternate food supplies are starting to become more difficult to source and increasingly expensive.
  • 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.

Southern Australia - Summary

  • Rainfall is beginning to moisten soils in some of the region but much more is needed.
  • 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.
  • New season hay is selling quickly and there is limited carryover stock from 2016 moving across Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania and South Australia.
  • Demand is exceeding supply in central west New South Wales and predicted in northern Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia.
  • The demand for cereal hay is strong and is expected to remain. Cereal hay supplies are beginning to deplete.
  • Due to high levels of persistent rainfall in spring, we recommend obtaining a mould and yeast test, a feed test, and using a trusted a supplier.

Western Australia - Summary

  • There is good growth in Western Australia and the domestic demand for fodder has eased.
  • Due to changes in the live export industry there is more straw available on the market.
  • 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 (3 July 2018)

10-August-2018 Hay
Cereal Lucerne Straw Pasture
Atherton Tablelands
Price Range N/A
N/A
N/A
$300 $385
                                           
Change


Steady
Darling Downs Price Range $400 $450 $440 $550 $250 $320 $275 $375

Change Steady Steady Steady $75
North Coast NSW Price Range $400 $500 $500 $600 $250 $350 $350 $450

Change $50 Steady $50 $30
Central West NSW Price Range $400 $500 $500 $600 $220 $320 $380 $520

Change $55 $125 Steady $55
Bega Valley Price Range $400 $500 $500 $600 $180 $200 $400 $475

Change Steady $25 Steady $48
Goulburn / Murray Valley Price Range $250 $450 $400 $600 $100 $150 $220 $350

Change $105 $150 Steady $80
Gippsland Price Range $450 $435 $400 $500 $180 $250 $320 $420

Change $93 Steady Steady $95
South West Victoria Price Range $250 $300 $330 $420 $140 $165 $250 $300

Change Steady $35 Steady $45
South East South Australia Price Range $200 $300 $320 $400 $120 $150 $200 $300

Change Steady Steady Steady Steady
Central Districts SA Price Range $240 $300 $300 $380 $120 $150 N/A N/A

Change Steady $30 Steady N/A
South West WA Price Range $180 $250 $450 $490 $80 $140 $80 $200

Change Steady Steady Steady Steady
North West Tasmania Price Range $210 $250 $300 $350 $200 $240 $140 $200

Change Steady Steady Steady Steady

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