Read hay statistics and data about the North Coast New South Wales region.
It has been a hot dry week in north coast NSW. Lismore recorded 2mm of rain on Saturday but there was no rainfall in Grafton or Glen Innes.
- With rain forecast farmers have been busy baling as much as possible.
- Demand while slow, has picked up a little locally. It is postulated this is due to the prevailing dry conditions in the area. Much of the silage in the region was destined to be hay but the weather did not permit this. Varieties include oaten, vetch, rye grass and other grass varieties.
- It has been reported that silage is available in the region from $100/bale on farm.
- It has been reported there is Rhodes grass available from $300/t on farm.
- There are no price changes noted this week.
- Cereal hay: +/-0 ($330 to $400/t). Prices remain steady this week.
- Lucerne hay: +/-0 ($500 to $750/t). Prices remain steady this week.
- Straw: +/-0 ($250 to $350/t). Prices remain steady this week.
- Pasture hay: +/-0 ($250 to $300/t). Prices remain steady this week.
- Please note unless stated otherwise, prices are per tonne, 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 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. For more information and to apply please visit https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/climate-and-emergencies/droughthub
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.