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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 525 500 344
07-Feb-2020 525 500 349
14-Feb-2020 525 500 349
21-Feb-2020 480 500 349
28-Feb-2020 435 500 349
06-Mar-2020 435 538 368
13-Mar-2020 435 575 368
20-Mar-2020 435 575 368
27-Mar-2020 415 575 368
03-Apr-2020 415 575 376
10-Apr-2020 415 553 376
17-Apr-2020 415 558 376
24-Apr-2020 415 563 376
01-May-2020 390 563 383
08-May-2020 390 563 383
15-May-2020 390 581 383
22-May-2020 390 600 383
29-May-2020 390 600 383
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

  • Patchy rain fell across the Darling Downs, with some areas receiving 10-15mls while other recorded nothing. The region is drying out quickly and follow up rain is required.
  • Mung beans that were planted after the March rain are starting to be harvested but frost has impacted the region. Chopping of forage silage continues in the area and will for another six weeks before a short break and then onto barley silage. Not as much corn is being harvested in the area this season.
  • Weaner numbers are down following the extended dry weather, hence, there won’t be as much demand for feed compared to previous years.
  • Demand remains quiet in the Darling Downs. Low volumes of hay are moving in the region, and a lot of what is being made is for personal use, such as forage sorghum and grass. Good quality irrigated lucerne hay is still in high demand from the Gatton area and supply is very low. Irrigated lucerne will be cut again and will sell as quickly as it’s made. Good quality irrigated lucerne is making as much as $900/tonne.
  • Prices remain steady this week.
  • Cereal hay: +/-0 ($360 to $420/t). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Lucerne hay: +/-0 ($450 to $500/t). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Straw: +/-0 ($150 to $200/t). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Pasture hay: +/-0 ($200 to $250/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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