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Read hay statistics and data about the Central West New South Wales region.

Date CW 19 CW 18 CW 5YA
04-Jan-2019 475 185 210
11-Jan-2019 475 185 210
18-Jan-2019 450 185 210
25-Jan-2019 450 185 210
01-Feb-2019 450 185 216
08-Feb-2019 425 185 216
15-Feb-2019 425 185 216
22-Feb-2019 425 185 216
01-Mar-2019 425 200 222
08-Mar-2019 450 200 222
15-Mar-2019 475 185 222
22-Mar-2019 475 185 222
29-Mar-2019 475 198 222
05-Apr-2019 475 210 231
12-Apr-2019 475 210 231
19-Apr-2019 494 243 231
26-Apr-2019 513 275 231
03-May-2019 513 280 246
10-May-2019 513 285 246
17-May-2019 526 285 246
24-May-2019 540 285 246
31-May-2019 575 285 253
07-Jun-2019 575 285 253
14-Jun-2019 575 285 253
21-Jun-2019 575 285 253
28-Jun-2019 590 340 253
05-Jul-2019 600 385 272
12-Jul-2019 600 385 272
19-Jul-2019 600 386 300
26-Jul-2019 600 390 272
02-Aug-2019 600 395 300
09-Aug-2019 600 450 300
16-Aug-2019 600 550 300
23-Aug-2019 575 300
30-Aug-2019 575 300
06-Sep-2019 575 307
13-Sep-2019 575 307
20-Sep-2019 563 307
27-Sep-2019 550 307
04-Oct-2019 500 219
11-Oct-2019 478 219
18-Oct-2019 471 219
25-Oct-2019 465 219
01-Nov-2019 450 211
08-Nov-2019 450 211
15-Nov-2019 450 211
22-Nov-2019 438 211
29-Nov-2019 425 211
06-Dec-2019 425 217
13-Dec-2019 425 217
20-Dec-2019 425 217
27-Dec-2019 450 217


Change in price is the change since the last report. Hay quoted is sourced and delivered locally, GST exclusive unless stated otherwise. It should be noted that local prices quoted may not be the cheapest available, sourcing it from another region may be more affordable, and buyers are encouraged to evaluate all options. Prices are indicative to a mid-range shedded product, and based on the best indication of market value at the time of reporting. It should be noted there is a wide variation in quality of hay, prices for a mid-range product will not reflect the weighted average of trade. Prices will naturally vary based on the product quantity and quality, buyer/seller relationship and the size of the trade.

Hay commentary

  • Patchy rain fell in central west NSW this week with Forbes recording 13mm, Orange 29mm, Cowra 14mm and Dubbo 7mm. Light frosts were also reported.
  • Farmers continue to bale sorghum stubble in the region. Next seasons crops are struggling and are in need of some decent rainfall.
  • Demand continues to ease in central west NSW. It is postulated some farmers are waiting for next seasons hay to come onto the market before purchasing. There is limited supply available in the region with most hay committed. There is some corn stubble being moved into the area from the Riverina. Hay is being sourced from outside central west NSW, largely coming from Victoria and South Australia.
  • Cereal hay, pasture hay, lucerne and straw prices have been sourced from outside the region.
  • It has been reported there is forage sorghum available from $400/t on farm.
  • It has been reported that there is corn stubble available in the region from $250/t.
  • No price changes have been noted this week.
  • Cereal hay: +/-0 ($550 to $650/t). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Lucerne hay: +/-0 ($650 to $750/t). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Straw: +/-0 ($350 to $400/t). Prices remain steady week.
  • Pasture hay: +/-0 ($400 to $500/t). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Please note unless stated otherwise, prices are per tonne, sourced and delivered locally. The price range indicated is for feeds of varying quality with the price range generally indicative of quality of feed. We recommend feed testing and viewing of fodder before purchase to be sure of the quality of feed.

This report has been commissioned by Dairy Australia to provide an independent and timely assessment of grain and hay markets in each dairying region. It should be remembered that actual prices may vary for quality or other reasons. Whilst all reasonable steps have been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this report, to the fullest extent permitted by Australian law Dairy Australia disclaims all liability for any inadvertent errors and for any losses or damages stemming from reliance upon its content. Dairy Australia recommends that all persons seek independent advice and, where appropriate, advice from a qualified adviser, before making any decisions about changes to business strategy.


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