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.
The weather has started to cool in north coast NSW and parts of the region have experienced their first frost. Patchy rain fell on Saturday with Lismore recording 1mm, Grafton 6mm and Coffs Harbour 7mm.
- The grass continues to grow in the north coast NSW however is slowing. For parts of the region the ground is too wet to plant. There is still some feed being made in the region such as millet and early oats.
- There is a high demand coming from outside the region with lot of hay being carted from the west of the region to areas such as the Northern Tablelands and Tamworth. Locally there is demand coming from farmers who are trying to make sure they have enough feed to last them the winter. Hay supplies in the region are limited and many sheds are empty. There have been some failed crops turned into feed in the region and these vary greatly in price. There is a little bit of pasture hay in the region however most of this is spoken for.
- Lucerne, cereal hay and straw are being cared into the region from Victoria and South Australia.
- Cereal hay, Lucerne and straw prices are sourced from outside the region.
- It has been reported that there is silage available in the regions for $100 - $160/bale on farm.
- It has been reported that there is millet available in the region from $100/round bale.
- There are no price changes noted this week.
- Cereal hay: +/-0 ($500 to $550/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 ($250 to $350/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.
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.