Read hay statistics and data about the Central West New South Wales region.
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.
There was no rainfall recorded in central west NSW this week, light frosts were reported in parts of the region.
- There are areas in the region that are green and have good grass growth, however as rain has been patchy many parts of the region remain brown. Oats, barley and wheat continue to be sewn in the region.
- Demand remains strong in the region. Many farmers are putting in orders to make sure they are covered for winter. There is a high demand for roughage in the region but there is very little of this. Most hay in the region is already committed. There is limited lucerne and straw left in the region.
- Cereal hay, pasture hay and straw are being sourced from outside central west NSW, largely from Victoria.
- It has been reported there is forage sorghum available from $400/t on farm.
- It has been reported there is clover being delivered to the region from $450/t.
- It has been reported there is canola being delivered to the region from $400/t.
- Pasture hey and straw prices have firmed this week.
- Cereal hay: +/-0 ($450 to $500/t). Prices remain steady this week.
- Lucerne hay: +/-0 ($550 to $650/t). Prices remain steady this week.
- Straw: +75($280 to $320/t). Prices have firmed this week.
- Pasture hay: +25 ($350 to $400/t). Prices have firmed 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.
- 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-emergencies/droughthub
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.