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.
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.