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.
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.