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Read hay statistics and data about the Darling Downs region.

Date SE QLD Cereal Hay '18 SE QLD Cereal Hay '17
05-Jan-2018 300 230
12-Jan-2018 300 230
19-Jan-2018 300 230
26-Jan-2018 300 230
02-Feb-2018 300 230
09-Feb-2018 300 230
16-Feb-2018 310 230
23-Feb-2018 320 230
02-Mar-2018 320 230
09-Mar-2018 320 275
16-Mar-2018 320 277.5
23-Mar-2018 320 280
30-Mar-2018 320 280
06-Apr-2018 320 310
13-Apr-2018 320 310
20-Apr-2018 320 310
27-Apr-2018 320 310
04-May-2018 320 310
11-May-2018 320 310
18-May-2018 350 311
25-May-2018 350 310
01-Jun-2018 360 310
08-Jun-2018 360 317.5
15-Jun-2018 360 325
22-Jun-2018 360 325
29-Jun-2018 380 325
06-Jul-2018 380 325
13-Jul-2018 380 325
20-Jul-2018 425 325
27-Jul-2018 425 325
03-Aug-2018 425 325
10-Aug-2018 425 325
17-Aug-2018 325
24-Aug-2018 325
31-Aug-2018 325
07-Sep-2018 325
14-Sep-2018 310
21-Sep-2018 310
28-Sep-2018 310
05-Oct-2018 310
12-Oct-2018 310
19-Oct-2018 310
26-Oct-2018 310
02-Nov-2018 310
09-Nov-2018 302.5
16-Nov-2018 295
23-Nov-2018 295
30-Nov-2018 295
07-Dec-2018 300
14-Dec-2018 300
21-Dec-2018 300

Hay commentary

  • The Darling Downs remains dry this week and heavy frosts have further dried soils. Frosts are forecasted to continue into the week.
  • Feed supplies in the region are limited. Sorghum stubble and corn stalks are being used and supplies are running low. Alternative feed supplies such as cottonseed are becoming increasingly expensive and are difficult to source.
  • Demand for fodder continues to be strong in the region. There is a shortage of hay in the Darling Downs.
  • Pasture hay prices have firmed this week.
  • Cereal hay: +/-0 ($400 to $450/t). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Lucerne hay: +/-$0 ($440 to $550/t). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Straw: +/-$0 ($250 to $320/t). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Pasture hay: +75 ($275 to $375/t) Prices have firmed this week. Northern pasture price ranges are now being reported. Please note, these are different to southern species


Change in price is the change since the last report. Hay prices are delivered, GST exclusive, based on shedded hay without weather damage, of good quality and colour. It should be noted there is a wide variation in quality for hay, so prices are indicative for a mid-range product.

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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