Read hay statistics and data about the North Coast New South Wales 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.
Rain fell in north coast NSW from Thursday until Monday this week, with the areas in the region recording well over 100mm of rainfall, and some recording close to 300mm. More rain is forecast later this week.
- The grass is growing in north coast NSW and the region has a green tinge. Dams have filled a little in the region but remain low for most. There is some rye grass hay ready to be made once the weather clears and it is suggested that with some dryland farmers might get a cut of tropical grasses in the next couple of months. Some farmers in the region are sowing sorghum and millet.
- Demand has eased in north coast NSW. There is little feed available in the region; most hay has moved. Cereal hay is being transported into the region from Victoria.
- Cereal hay, straw, and lucerne prices quoted are for supplies to be carted into the region.
- Price changes have been noted this week.
- Cereal hay: +50 ($500 to $550/t). Prices have firmed this week.
- Lucerne hay: +/-0 ($600 to $700/t). Prices remain steady this week.
- Straw: +/-0 ($270 to $330/t). Prices remain steady this week.
- Pasture hay: -10 ($420 to $450/t). Prices have eased 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.
- The Government continues to offer subsidies for transport of fodder, moving livestock and water infrastructure to support eligible farmers in NSW affected by drought. This can be backdated to 1st January 2018. For more information and to apply please visit https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/climate-and-emergencies/droughthub
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.