Read hay statistics and data about the Darling Downs 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.
The Darling Downs has started to experience frosts, these have been light and localised. Drizzle fell for most of the week with Toowoomba recording 4mm, this was not enough to wet the soil.
- The Darling Downs is brown with no grass growth. There has been very little winter planting occurring and what has been planted has either died or is dying.
- Demand for feed continues to increase in the Darling Downs with many farmers having held off purchasing feed in the hope of rain. Feed supplies are very limited in the region. Many farmers are sourcing cottonseed to use as a source of protein however there is little left of this with most of it already committed. Sorghum stubble is being sold in the region and there are sugar cane tops moving into the region from the Bundaberg/MacKay region, most of this is already committed. Supply of feed is limited with farmers sourcing this from throughout the eastern states.
- Hay prices quoted are sourced from outside the region.
- It has been reported that there is some sorghum silage available in the region from $90/t on farm.
- It has been reported that there is some corn silage available in the region from $120/t on farm.
- It has been reported that there is some sorghum, millet and corn available in the region from $360/t.
- It has been reported there is some sorghum stubble available in the region from $300/t on farm.
- It has been reported that there are sugar cane tops available in the region from $300/t delivered locally.
- No price changes have been noted this week.
- Cereal hay: +/-0 ($580 to $620/t). Prices remain steady this week.
- Lucerne hay: +/-0 ($700 to $750/t). Prices remain steady this week.
- Straw: +/-0 ($380 to $450/t). Prices remain steady this 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.