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Read hay statistics and data about the Darling Downs region.

Date DD 20 DD 19 DD 5YA
10-Jan-2020 500 480 344
17-Jan-2020 500 480 344
24-Jan-2020 520 490 344
31-Jan-2020 500 344
07-Feb-2020 500 349
14-Feb-2020 500 349
21-Feb-2020 500 349
28-Feb-2020 500 349
06-Mar-2020 538 368
13-Mar-2020 575 368
20-Mar-2020 575 368
27-Mar-2020 575 368
03-Apr-2020 575 376
10-Apr-2020 553 376
17-Apr-2020 558 376
24-Apr-2020 563 376
01-May-2020 563 383
08-May-2020 563 383
15-May-2020 581 383
22-May-2020 600 383
29-May-2020 600 383
05-Jun-2020 600 394
12-Jun-2020 600 394
19-Jun-2020 600 394
26-Jun-2020 600 394
03-Jul-2020 625 407
10-Jul-2020 625 407
17-Jul-2020 635 407
24-Jul-2020 635 407
31-Jul-2020 635 407
07-Aug-2020 635 415
14-Aug-2020 635 415
21-Aug-2020 580 415
28-Aug-2020 525 415
04-Sep-2020 525 392
11-Sep-2020 450 392
18-Sep-2020 450 392
25-Sep-2020 438 392
02-Oct-2020 425 373
09-Oct-2020 425 373
16-Oct-2020 425 373
23-Oct-2020 425 373
30-Oct-2020 425 373
06-Nov-2020 425 358
13-Nov-2020 425 358
20-Nov-2020 425 358
27-Nov-2020 435 358
04-Dec-2020 445 357
11-Dec-2020 455 357
18-Dec-2020 455 357
25-Dec-2020 455 357


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

  • It was a wet week in the Darling Downs with 56mm of rainfall recorded. More rain is forecast for the rest of the week.
  • Grass is growing in the Darling Downs and the region has a green tinge. There are a lot of weeds popping up and a lot of spraying to be done. Farmers in the region are looking at sowing some crops such as forage sorghum. Follow-up rain is needed for further pasture establishment and summer crops prospects.
  • Demand has eased in the Darling Downs. It is postulated that with the high hay prices, green feed in the region, and the possibility of sowing crops, farmers are trying to get by with the feed they have. Hay is being carted into the region from the southern states.
  • Lucerne, straw, cereal and pasture hay prices are for hay to be carted into the region.
  • It has been reported that vetch is being delivered to the region from $550-600/t.
  • Cereal hay prices have firmed this week.
  • Cereal hay: +20 ($490 to $550/t). Prices have firmed this week.
  • Lucerne hay: +/-0 ($700 to $750/t). Prices remain steady week.
  • Straw: +/-0 ($320 to $380/t). Prices remains steady this week.
  • Pasture hay: +/-0 ($440 to $460/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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