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

Date N NSW 19 N NSW 18 N NSW 5YA
04-Jan-2019 365 290 261
11-Jan-2019 365 290 261
18-Jan-2019 380 290 261
25-Jan-2019 380 290 261
01-Feb-2019 380 290 262
08-Feb-2019 450 290 262
15-Feb-2019 450 290 262
22-Feb-2019 450 290 262
01-Mar-2019 450 290 283
08-Mar-2019 488 290 283
15-Mar-2019 525 290 283
22-Mar-2019 525 290 283
29-Mar-2019 525 290 283
05-Apr-2019 525 290 302
12-Apr-2019 525 290 302
19-Apr-2019 525 290 302
26-Apr-2019 525 290 302
03-May-2019 525 290 305
10-May-2019 525 290 305
17-May-2019 525 290 305
24-May-2019 525 290 305
31-May-2019 525 290 299
07-Jun-2019 525 290 299
14-Jun-2019 525 290 299
21-Jun-2019 525 290 299
28-Jun-2019 525 290 299
05-Jul-2019 525 290 303
12-Jul-2019 525 300 303
19-Jul-2019 525 301 341
26-Jul-2019 525 400 303
02-Aug-2019 525 400 341
09-Aug-2019 525 450 341
16-Aug-2019 525 450 341
23-Aug-2019 525 600 341
30-Aug-2019 525 600 341
06-Sep-2019 475 600 354
13-Sep-2019 450 600 354
20-Sep-2019 450 563 354
27-Sep-2019 448 525 354
04-Oct-2019 445 525 331
11-Oct-2019 445 525 331
18-Oct-2019 525 272
25-Oct-2019 525 272
01-Nov-2019 525 262
08-Nov-2019 470 262
15-Nov-2019 385 262
22-Nov-2019 383 262
29-Nov-2019 380 262
06-Dec-2019 365 276
13-Dec-2019 365 276
20-Dec-2019 365 276
27-Dec-2019 365 276


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

  • It was a hot dry week in north coast NSW; strong winds were also reported. There is some rain forecast for late in the week.
  • There is a lot of hay and silage being made in the region with farmers trying to get cut crops in a bale before the forecast rain. The region is dry and there are fires burning in parts of the region.
  • Demand in north coast NSW is strong and feed is moving fast. There is a lot of hay and silage moving from north coast NSW to areas west of the region such as, the Northern Tablelands, and Tamworth. With the dry conditions local demand is strong and hay supplies are limited. Lucerne, cereal hay and straw are being carted into the region from Victoria and South Australia.
  • Lucerne and straw prices are sourced from outside the region.
  • It has been reported that there is cereal silage available in the regions from $150/bale
  • It has been reported there is frosted sugar case silage available in the region from $100/bale on farm.
  • It has been reported that there is some vetch available in the region from $600/t on farm.
  • No price changes have been noted this week.
  • Cereal hay: +/-0 ($420 to $470/t). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Lucerne hay: +/-0 ($600 to $700/t). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Straw: +/-0 ($250 to $350/t). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Pasture hay: +/-0 ($300 to $400/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.
  • 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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