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

Date Nthn NSW Cereal Hay '18 Nthn NSW Cereal Hay '17
05-Jan-2018 290 245
12-Jan-2018 290 245
19-Jan-2018 290 245
26-Jan-2018 290 245
02-Feb-2018 290 245
09-Feb-2018 290 245
16-Feb-2018 290 245
23-Feb-2018 290 245
02-Mar-2018 290 245
09-Mar-2018 290 265
16-Mar-2018 290 265
23-Mar-2018 290 265
30-Mar-2018 290 265
06-Apr-2018 290 275
13-Apr-2018 290 275
20-Apr-2018 290 275
27-Apr-2018 290 275
04-May-2018 290 275
11-May-2018 290 275
18-May-2018 290 276
25-May-2018 290 275
01-Jun-2018 290 275
08-Jun-2018 290 275
15-Jun-2018 290 275
22-Jun-2018 290 275
29-Jun-2018 290 275
06-Jul-2018 290 275
13-Jul-2018 300 280
20-Jul-2018 400 290
27-Jul-2018 400 300
03-Aug-2018 400 300
10-Aug-2018 450 300
17-Aug-2018 300
24-Aug-2018 315
31-Aug-2018 315
07-Sep-2018 325
14-Sep-2018 325
21-Sep-2018 325
28-Sep-2018 325
05-Oct-2018 325
12-Oct-2018 325
19-Oct-2018 325
26-Oct-2018 325
02-Nov-2018 325
09-Nov-2018 307.5
16-Nov-2018 290
23-Nov-2018 290
30-Nov-2018 290
07-Dec-2018 290
14-Dec-2018 290
21-Dec-2018 290

Hay Commentary

  • North coast NSW received patchy rainfall this week with areas such as Glen Innes recording 10mm, and areas such as Lismore and Grafton recording none. There are rains predicted for next week.
  • The Government has announced 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.
  • Currently there is some early roughage being cut in the region, however most of this is of low quality. If the rain comes through there should be some early silage available in the region. There is still frosted Rhodes grass in the region being baled, most of which is now spoken for.
  • Demand remains strong in north coast NSW. Roughage and Rhodes grass are being moved to central west NSW. Most hay being moved in the region is of low quality.
  • Prices have firmed this week.
  • Cereal hay: +50 ($400 to $500/t). Prices have firmed this week.
  • Lucerne hay: +/-0 ($500 to $600/t). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Straw: +50 ($250 to $350/t). Prices have firmed this week.
  • Pasture hay: +30 ($350 to $450/t). Prices have firmed this week.


Change in price is the change since the last report. Prices are estimates based on delivery to dairy farms with allowance for freight, storage, and marketing costs, but exclusive of GST. Wheat prices are for the relevant stockfeed wheat available in a region (ASW, AGP, SFW1 or FED1) and F1 for barley.

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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