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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 185 216
22-Feb-2019 185 216
01-Mar-2019 200 222
08-Mar-2019 200 222
15-Mar-2019 185 222
22-Mar-2019 185 222
29-Mar-2019 198 222
05-Apr-2019 210 231
12-Apr-2019 210 231
19-Apr-2019 243 231
26-Apr-2019 275 231
03-May-2019 280 246
10-May-2019 285 246
17-May-2019 285 246
24-May-2019 285 246
31-May-2019 285 253
07-Jun-2019 285 253
14-Jun-2019 285 253
21-Jun-2019 285 253
28-Jun-2019 340 253
05-Jul-2019 385 272
12-Jul-2019 385 272
19-Jul-2019 385 272
26-Jul-2019 390 272
02-Aug-2019 395 300
09-Aug-2019 450 300
16-Aug-2019 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 locally, delivered locally, GST exclusive. 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 with Orange recording 4mm, Cowra 1mm, Forbes 21mm, while Dubbo recorded none.
  • There are green patches in the region however central west NSW remains mostly dry. The heat evaporates the small amounts of rainfall. Most farmers in the region are running out of irrigation water and have completed what will now be their final cut of Lucerne.
  • Demand has eased in the region; it is postulated this is due to the high feed prices. There is limited local supply with hay being carted into the region from all along the eastern states.
  • Cereal and pasture hay price have firmed this week.
  • Cereal hay: -25 ($400 to $450/t). remain have eased this week.
  • Lucerne hay: +/-0 ($500 to $550/t). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Straw: +/-0 ($200 to $300/t). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Pasture hay: +50 ($300 to $400/t). Prices have firmed this week.
  • Please note unless stated otherwise, prices are per tonne, delivered and sourced 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-emergancies/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.


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