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 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.
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.