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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 Ending05 August 2022
  • Location: Darling Downs

    Week Ending05 August 2022
  • Location: North Coast NSW

    Week Ending05 August 2022
  • Location: Central West NSW

    Week Ending05 August 2022
  • Location: Bega Valley

    Week Ending05 August 2022
  • Location: Gippsland

    Week Ending05 August 2022
  • Location: Goulburn & Murray Valley

    Week Ending05 August 2022
  • Location: South West Victoria

    Week Ending05 August 2022
  • Location: South East SA

    Week Ending05 August 2022
  • Location: Central SA

    Week Ending05 August 2022
  • Location: South West WA

    Week Ending05 August 2022
  • Location: North West Tasmania

    Week Ending05 August 2022

National Summary

National background comments: report for the week ending 05 August 2022.

The next update will be on Friday 12 August 2022. Direct links to reports on each dairy region immediately follow this national summary for hay. 

Driving Prices Up

  • Continuing heavy rainfall and cold temperatures across many regions will continue to support demand for good quality hay.
  • Stocks of hay in many areas which had been providing donations into flood affected areas are now low.
  • Increased demand for hay and silage is being supported by a significant drop in temperatures and reduced rate of pasture and grazing crop growth.
  • Input costs continue to impact cropping decisions and may reduce quantities of pasture hay produced during late Winter/early Spring.
  • Opportunistic hay production has not been seen as a price competitive cropping option; therefore, a smaller number of hectares has been sown this season. Those who are concerned about the potential of reduced supply are looking to lock in Spring hay supply.
  • The supply of high-quality cereal hay is now very low in most regions.
  • With most hay already contracted for sale to long-term buyers in a number of regions, there is little hay available for open market sale or sale to new customers.

Driving Prices Down

  • Demand for fodder in some areas is being kept steady by continued confidence that spring pasture growth will support stock without need for supplementary feed.
  • Varied qualities of fodder are still available on the market. Growers with lower grade hay from past seasons, particularly hay stacked outside, have been actively trading.
  • The slow build-up of enquiries, and a lack of awareness regarding the impact international grain prices have had on crop choices may be leading to a misconception about future available stocks of good quality hay.

Local News

  • The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) have confirmed that a negative Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) event is highly likely for the coming months. A negative IOD along with warmer than average sea surface temperatures increases the chance of above average winter–spring rainfall for much of Australia. While this may support good pasture and crop growth, it may also hinder haymaking.
  • The BOM have reported reasonable rainfall along the south coast of Western Australia and medium falls across much of central and southeast Australia.
  • Flooding has now eased for both southern Queensland and Northern New South Wales.
  • The range of biosecurity incidents which may impact Australian agriculture are causing concern. The reports of foot-and-mouth disease in Bali and the incursion of both varroa destructor mite and Russian wheat aphid are being raised by many farmers contacted for the hay report.
  • There is growing concern that high price of inputs, lack of availability of farm labour and the likelihood of continuing higher than average rainfall in some regions is not being factored into fodder prices.

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 (29 July 2022)

All Location Hay Prices

05 August 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 - $280
Steady
$380 - $420
Steady
$70 - $135
Steady
$220 - $250
Steady
North Coast NSW
Price range
Change
$260 - $350
$75
$400 - $550
$70
$100 - $220
$10
$200 - $280
$35
Central West NSW
Price range
Change
$175 - $240
Steady
$305 - $355
Steady
$65 - $90
Steady
$165 - $235
Steady
Bega Valley
Price range
Change
$265 - $320
Steady
$480 - $520
Steady
$200 - $225
Steady
$330 - $360
Steady
Gippsland
Price range
Change
$200 - $250
Steady
$530 - $550
Steady
$80 - $110
Steady
$90 - $180
Steady
Goulburn & Murray Valley
Price range
Change
$170 - $225
Steady
$390 - $420
Steady
$70 - $120
Steady
$215 - $260
Steady
South West Victoria
Price range
Change
$180 - $230
Steady
$330 - $380
Steady
$80 - $110
Steady
$150 - $190
Steady
South East SA
Price range
Change
$220 - $270
Steady
$340 - $370
Steady
$110 - $130
Steady
$200 - $230
Steady
Central SA
Price range
Change
$190 - $260
Steady
$400 - $430
Steady
$130 - $150
Steady
N/A
South West WA
Price range
Change
$210 - $300
$20
$350 - $490
$20
$100 - $130
$5
$160 - $200
$10
North West Tasmania
Price range
Change
$250 - $270
Steady
$290 - $340
Steady
$150 - $200
Steady
$200 - $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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