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Read hay statistics and data about the South West Victoria region.

Date SW 19 SW 18 SW 5YA
04-Jan-2019 290 150 184
11-Jan-2019 290 150 184
18-Jan-2019 290 150 184
25-Jan-2019 296 150 184
01-Feb-2019 303 150 191
08-Feb-2019 285 150 191
15-Feb-2019 293 150 191
22-Feb-2019 300 150 191
01-Mar-2019 300 150 192
08-Mar-2019 313 150 192
15-Mar-2019 325 150 192
22-Mar-2019 325 150 192
29-Mar-2019 368 150 192
05-Apr-2019 368 150 196
12-Apr-2019 368 150 196
19-Apr-2019 368 150 196
26-Apr-2019 368 150 196
03-May-2019 368 150 212
10-May-2019 385 150 212
17-May-2019 393 150 212
24-May-2019 400 200 212
31-May-2019 400 215 228
07-Jun-2019 400 215 228
14-Jun-2019 400 215 228
21-Jun-2019 315 228
28-Jun-2019 243 228
05-Jul-2019 243 226
12-Jul-2019 255 226
19-Jul-2019 255 226
26-Jul-2019 265 226
02-Aug-2019 275 226
09-Aug-2019 275 226
16-Aug-2019 275 226
23-Aug-2019 275 226
30-Aug-2019 300 226
06-Sep-2019 325 222
13-Sep-2019 325 222
20-Sep-2019 325 222
27-Sep-2019 325 222
04-Oct-2019 325 187
11-Oct-2019 325 187
18-Oct-2019 325 187
25-Oct-2019 325 187
01-Nov-2019 325 180
08-Nov-2019 325 180
15-Nov-2019 325 180
22-Nov-2019 325 180
29-Nov-2019 325 180
06-Dec-2019 325 183
13-Dec-2019 290 183
20-Dec-2019 265 183
27-Dec-2019 278 183


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

  • Rain fell in southwest Victoria this week with Colac recording 15mm of rainfall and Warrnambool 19mm.
  • Farmers in the region are spreading nitrogen on pastures which continue to grow. Next seasons crops are looking healthy.
  • Demand coming from outside the region is very strong, locally the demand is steady. With the high price of feed, farmers in the region are trying to purchase as little feed as possible. Supply of feed in the region is limited and it is becoming increasing difficult to source feed. Many farmers are trying to source pasture hay and low-grade cereal hay, however there is very little of this. Most hay in the region is now committed. Most pasture hay in the region is not being sold and is for personal use. Hay and straw are being carted into the region from the Wimmera/Mallee region.
  • Lucerne hay is being sourced and priced from southeast South Australia.
  • It has been reported there is canola available in the region for $300 - $350/t delivered locally.
  • Lucerne and pasture hay prices have firmed this week.
  • Cereal hay: +/-0 ($360 to $440/t). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Lucerne hay: +113 ($550 to $600/t). Prices have firmed this week.
  • Straw: +/-0 ($190 to $200/t). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Pasture hay: +15 ($360 to $400/t). Prices have firmed 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.


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