Darling Downs

Date DD 21 DD 20 DD 5YA
08-Jan-21 310 500 368
15-Jan-21 310 500 368
22-Jan-21 520 368
29-Jan-21 525 368
05-Feb-21 525 370
12-Feb-21 525 370
19-Feb-21 480 370
26-Feb-21 435 370
05-Mar-21 435 378
12-Mar-21 435 378
19-Mar-21 435 378
26-Mar-21 415 378
02-Apr-21 415 386
09-Apr-21 415 386
16-Apr-21 415 386
23-Apr-21 415 386
30-Apr-21 390 386
07-May-21 390 388
14-May-21 390 388
21-May-21 390 388
28-May-21 390 388
04-Jun-21 390 397
11-Jun-21 390 397
18-Jun-21 370 397
25-Jun-21 350 397
02-Jul-21 350 402
09-Jul-21 350 402
16-Jul-21 350 402
23-Jul-21 350 402
30-Jul-21 310 402
06-Aug-21 310 404
13-Aug-21 310 404
20-Aug-21 310 404
27-Aug-21 310 404
03-Sep-21 310 382
10-Sep-21 310 382
17-Sep-21 310 382
24-Sep-21 310 382
01-Oct-21 310 373
08-Oct-21 310 373
15-Oct-21 310 373
22-Oct-21 310 373
29-Oct-21 310 373
05-Nov-21 310 358
12-Nov-21 310 358
19-Nov-21 310 358
26-Nov-21 310 358
03-Dec-21 310 357
10-Dec-21 310 357
17-Dec-21 310 357
24-Dec-21 357


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.

This report has been commissioned by Dairy Australia to provide an independent and timely assessment of grain and hay markets in each dairy 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, Dairy Australia disclaims all liability to the fullest extent permitted by Australian law for any inadvertent errors and for any losses or damages stemming from reliance upon its content. Dairy Australia recommends all persons seek independent advice and, where appropriate, advice from a qualified advisor before making any decisions about changes to business strategy.

This report summarises the hay market for the Darling Downs, Queensland.


  • No rain fell across the region this week and the St George area is very dry and irrigation is running low. Rain is needed for those planting grain sorghum. A wet summer would take the pressure off irrigating lucerne and rhodes grass.
  • There is weather damaged hay in the region.
  • Growers not looking to bail new season straw due to low prices and good availability of other fodder types, including damaged new season hay.
  • Many growers this year significantly reduced the amount of hay they made due to the very low demand in the area.
  • Farmers in the region are reportedly waiting for the cattle market to ease back before considering restocking.
  • No changes to pricing this week.
  • Cereal hay: +/-0 ($300 to $320/tonne). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Lucerne hay: +/-0 ($400 to $450/tonne). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Straw: +/-0 ($60 to $70/tonne). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Pasture hay: +/-0 ($200 to $240/tonne) 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.

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