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 hot week in the Darling Downs. Toowomba recorded about 3mm of rain, however this was not enough to wet the soil. Strong winds were also reported in the region.
- The Darling Downs is very dry. There are very few summer crops planted. Some trees in the region are starting to die.
- Demand for hay is holding strong in the Darling Downs. Hay supplies are limited with a lot of hay being carted into the region. Sugar cane tops are moving into the region from the Bundaberg/MacKay region, most of this is already committed. There is a little bit of irrigated pasture on the market. Cereal hay and vetch are being carted into the region from the southern states. Lucerne and cereal hay prices are for hay to be carted into the region.
- It has been reported that there are some sugar cane tops available in the region from $240/t delivered locally.
- It has been reported that vetch is being delivered to the region from $450-550/t.
- Cereal hay prices have firmed this week.
- Cereal hay: +10 ($420 to $470/t). Prices have firmed this week.
- Lucerne hay: +/-0 ($600 to $700/t). Prices remain steady week.
- Straw: +/-0 ($300 to $350/t). Prices remain steady this week.
- Pasture hay: +/-0 ($410 to $470/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.