Read hay statistics and data about the North West Tasmania 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.
- Northwest Tasmania have had a reasonably dry ten days which was required. Plenty of grass in the area but this will change once the frosts set in. Only one frost event has been recorded so far this season.
- Farmers are trying to get the last of new season grass into maize and turnip paddocks but the window for this is closing and really only have a fortnight to get this done. It’s just been too wet to get on paddocks to finish off the planting.
- Demand for hay will increase in the next month with the continued wet and cold, especially for those calving cattle. Cattle farmers have already been feeding hay for close to a month now as they have tried to keep stock off the grassed paddocks as they are just turning to mud with the foot traffic and wet conditions.
- A lot of hay was traded during the season so there is concern if there will be enough stocks to get everyone through a wet winter. If the spring breaks well and silage can be made in good time this will take the pressure off.
- It’s also potato harvest time and they too are struggling with the damp conditions to complete their harvest.
- No price changes have been noted this week.
- Cereal hay: +/-0 ($260 to $340/t) Prices remain steady this week.
- Lucerne hay: +/-0 ($370 to $400/t) Prices remain steady this week.
- Straw: +/-0 ($150 to $200/t) Prices remain steady this week.
- Pasture hay: +/-0 ($250 to $320/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. 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.