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Hay Report



Dairy Australia generates a hay report to help farmers make more informed decisions when buying hay. The hay report is updated 40 times per year and provides an independent and timely assessment of hay markets in each dairy region.

Hay prices by location

Select a location to view the hay price:

  • Location: Atherton Tablelands

    Week Ending01 July 2022
  • Location: Darling Downs

    Week Ending01 July 2022
  • Location: North Coast NSW

    Week Ending01 July 2022
  • Location: Central West NSW

    Week Ending01 July 2022
  • Location: Bega Valley

    Week Ending01 July 2022
  • Location: Gippsland

    Week Ending01 July 2022
  • Location: Goulburn & Murray Valley

    Week Ending01 July 2022
  • Location: South West Victoria

    Week Ending01 July 2022
  • Location: South East SA

    Week Ending01 July 2022
  • Location: Central SA

    Week Ending01 July 2022
  • Location: South West WA

    Week Ending01 July 2022
  • Location: North West Tasmania

    Week Ending01 July 2022

National Summary

National background comments: report for the week ending 1 July 2022.

The next update will be on Friday 8 July 2022. Direct links to reports on each dairy region immediately follow this national summary for hay. 

Driving Prices Up

  • The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has reported between 10-50mm of rain across many fodder production areas of Australia this week, providing support for the early stages of crop growth.
  • Pasture growth will continue to be inhibited by cooler soil temperatures, leading to an expected increase in demand for hay during the winter months.
  • Rising input costs and current high forward contract prices for oilseeds, cereals and pulses have focused grain growers on the profitability of grain crops against hay production.
  • Therefore, opportunistic hay production will likely not be seen as a price competitive cropping option and may result in a smaller number of hectares sown and a reduced quantity of pasture hay available during late winter/early spring.
  • There is increasing demand for good quality cereal hay and vetch hay. However, supply of both is now very low and is being prioritised by some hay producers for sale to long term or existing customers.
  • Lucerne prices are rising as it is being purchased to fill the protein gap. Supply is expected to continue to tighten as the season progresses.

Driving Prices Down

  • There is continued confidence that pasture growth into Spring will support stock without a need for supplementary feed.
  • Varied qualities of fodder are available on the market. Growers with lower grade hay, particularly hay stacked outside for the past two seasons, have been actively trading to reduce their on-farm stores.
  • The quality of new season hay was impacted by continuing rain events across most states. This rainfall has meant many crops were harvested later than usual, resulting in coarser hay of lower quality.

Local News

  • Sowing is now complete across the majority of grain and hay producing areas.
  • Some shorter season varieties of barley and pulses are still being planted in areas where paddocks had been inaccessible due to high rainfall.
  • Dry sowing in many regions allowed sowing to be completed prior to forecast rainfall, helping to support germination and strong crop establishment.
  • There is reasonable confidence of an average to good production season.
  • The BOM has shifted the ENSO outlook to La Niña WATCH, meaning there is around a 50% chance a La Niña event will form again later in 2022. This has the potential to bring wet weather over eastern Australia during the harvest and hay-making period.
  • High input costs and availability of labour remain of significant concern. The lack of available labour may impact hay production in the coming season as well as the cost and availability of transport options for hay movement over winter.

Buyers are encouraged to feed test and view fodder before purchasing to ensure of the quality of the feed.

Price change in table below reflects moves since previous report (24 June 2022)

All Location Hay Prices

01 July 2022

Cereal

Lucerne

Straw

Pasture

Atherton Tablelands
Price range
Change
N/A
N/A
N/A
$300 - $400
Steady
Darling Downs
Price range
Change
$255 - $275
Steady
$380 - $420
Steady
$70 - $90
Steady
$220 - $250
Steady
North Coast NSW
Price range
Change
$200 - $260
Steady
$380 - $430
Steady
$100 - $150
Steady
$190 - $220
Steady
Central West NSW
Price range
Change
$175 - $240
Steady
$305 - $355
Steady
$65 - $80
Steady
$165 - $230
Steady
Bega Valley
Price range
Change
$265 - $310
Steady
$480 - $520
Steady
$190 - $220
Steady
$330 - $360
Steady
Gippsland
Price range
Change
$200 - $250
Steady
$530 - $550
Steady
$80 - $100
Steady
$90 - $145
Steady
Goulburn & Murray Valley
Price range
Change
$170 - $215
Steady
$380 - $410
Steady
$70 - $110
Steady
$210 - $250
Steady
South West Victoria
Price range
Change
$180 - $220
Steady
$330 - $380
Steady
$80 - $105
Steady
$150 - $180
Steady
South East SA
Price range
Change
$220 - $260
Steady
$340 - $370
Steady
$100 - $120
Steady
$200 - $230
Steady
Central SA
Price range
Change
$170 - $250
Steady
$390 - $420
Steady
$110 - $150
Steady
N/A
South West WA
Price range
Change
$210 - $260
Steady
$350 - $450
Steady
$100 - $120
Steady
$160 - $180
Steady
North West Tasmania
Price range
Change
$245 - $270
Steady
$290 - $340
Steady
$150 - $200
Steady
$195 - $240
Steady
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.

About the Hay Report

Why the hay report is created

Farmers, government, industry advocacy and businesses across the supply chain require independently produced, unbiased data on the industry to inform strategic decisions and policy formation.

Hay reports provide an independent industry view, bringing together key data and insights across the supply chain and industry without any vested interest.

The hay report is created using data provided by the Australian Fodder Industry Association (AFIA).


Interpreting the reports

Hay prices are based on shedded hay without weather damage, of good quality and colour. There is a wide variation in quality for hay, so prices are indicative for a mid-range product.

Prices are estimates based on delivery to dairy farms with allowance for freight, storage, and marketing costs, but exclusive of GST. Actual prices may vary for quality or other reasons.

In this video, dairy farm manager Brian Corr explains how Dairy Australia's hay and grain email updates help him make more informed decisions on-farm.


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