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Read hay statistics and data about the North Coast New South Wales region.

Date N NSW 20 N NSW 19 N NSW 5YA
10-Jan-2020 475 365 295
17-Jan-2020 475 380 295
24-Jan-2020 525 380 295
31-Jan-2020 380 295
07-Feb-2020 450 307
14-Feb-2020 450 307
21-Feb-2020 450 307
28-Feb-2020 450 307
06-Mar-2020 488 320
13-Mar-2020 525 320
20-Mar-2020 525 320
27-Mar-2020 525 320
03-Apr-2020 525 327
10-Apr-2020 525 327
17-Apr-2020 525 327
24-Apr-2020 525 327
01-May-2020 525 327
08-May-2020 525 327
15-May-2020 525 327
22-May-2020 525 327
29-May-2020 525 327
05-Jun-2020 525 329
12-Jun-2020 525 329
19-Jun-2020 525 329
26-Jun-2020 525 329
03-Jul-2020 525 340
10-Jul-2020 525 340
17-Jul-2020 525 340
24-Jul-2020 525 340
31-Jul-2020 525 340
07-Aug-2020 525 371
14-Aug-2020 525 371
21-Aug-2020 525 371
28-Aug-2020 525 371
04-Sep-2020 475 370
11-Sep-2020 450 370
18-Sep-2020 450 370
25-Sep-2020 448 370
02-Oct-2020 445 359
09-Oct-2020 445 359
16-Oct-2020 438 359
23-Oct-2020 430 359
30-Oct-2020 430 359
06-Nov-2020 443 335
13-Nov-2020 455 335
20-Nov-2020 455 335
27-Nov-2020 455 335
04-Dec-2020 465 328
11-Dec-2020 465 328
18-Dec-2020 465 328
25-Dec-2020 465 328


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

  • 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.


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