|Date||Bega 22||Bega 21||Bega 5YA|
Notes: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.
The hay report has been commissioned by Dairy Australia to provide an independent and timely assessment of hay markets in each dairy region. This report is created using data provided by the Australian Fodder Industry Association (AFIA). 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.
- Sporadic small amounts of rain fell across the region this week, with falls of 5mm of rain on average.
- Whilst there is still green feed available, the grass has stopped growing and the soil is dry. The region has reported its first frosts which are further drying out the soil and damaging susceptible crops.
- Following drier conditions, paddocks that were previously too wet are now being sown and fertilised with pasture crops including clover, rye and chicory. Cooler conditions and later sowing mean close monitoring is still required.
- Mice activity continues to be reported in both paddocks and sheds, with numbers now starting to increase https://grdc.com.au/resources-and-publications/resources/mouse-management.
- There have been reports of a rapid growth in the instance of invasive African Lovegrass in the Bega and Cooma area. Management is being undertaken to control the weed.
- The price of inputs continues to be an issue. The current energy crisis is a cause for concern. Farmers looking to re-contract their electricity price have been quoted a 30% price increase. This is following the estimated 40% increase in transport costs and on-going rise in fertiliser prices.
- Hay enquiries have steadied with the drier and colder days. Feedlot interest continues to be strong. Most high-quality fodder is either sold or contracted for sale, however fodder at the lower quality end of the market is still available.
- No change to pricing this week.
- Cereal hay: +/-0 ($265 to $310/t). Prices remain steady this week.
- Lucerne hay: +/-0 ($480 to $520/t). Prices remain steady this week.
- Straw: +/-0 ($200 to $220/t). Prices remain steady this week.
- Pasture hay: +/-0 ($330 to $360/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.