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Central SA

Date C SA 22 C SA 21 C SA 5YA
07-Jan-22 200 225 206
14-Jan-22 200 225 207
21-Jan-22 210 225 209
28-Jan-22 210 225 207
04-Feb-22 210 225 203
11-Feb-22 210 225 205
18-Feb-22 210 225 208
25-Feb-22 210 225 210
04-Mar-22 210 225 210
11-Mar-22 210 225 210
18-Mar-22 210 225 210
25-Mar-22 215 225 210
01-Apr-22 210 225 210
08-Apr-22 210 225 212
15-Apr-22 210 225 219
22-Apr-22 210 225 219
29-Apr-22 210 205 215
06-May-22 210 205 216
13-May-22 210 205 217
20-May-22 210 205 217
27-May-22 205 218
03-Jun-22 205 218
10-Jun-22 205 223
17-Jun-22 205 228
24-Jun-22 205 230
01-Jul-22 205 230
08-Jul-22 205 230
15-Jul-22 205 245
22-Jul-22 205 245
29-Jul-22 205 249
05-Aug-22 205 257
12-Aug-22 205 262
19-Aug-22 205 278
26-Aug-22 205 277
02-Sep-22 185 283
09-Sep-22 185 281
16-Sep-22 185 270
23-Sep-22 178 261
30-Sep-22 170 232
07-Oct-22 170 215
14-Oct-22 190 210
21-Oct-22 190 212
28-Oct-22 190 213
04-Nov-22 190 213
11-Nov-22 200 207
18-Nov-22 200 202
25-Nov-22 200 202
02-Dec-22 200 210
09-Dec-22 200 214
16-Dec-22 200 205
23-Dec-22 200 209
30-Dec-22 200 214


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. 


  • Little rainfall across the region, only patchy amounts around 5mm of rainfall for May so far. Some other areas have had reasonable falls which have maintained subsoil moisture levels but consistent rainfall needed across the region to support grain and hay production.
  • It has been confirmed that some growers have dropped out of hay production this coming season due to gross margin concerns. Canola plantings are expected to be up, although some grain growers are still waiting on the break. Dry sowing of canola in some parts of the region. Wheat now being sown.
  • Hay production is still seen as a competitive weed control method for control of ryegrass.
  • Due to the combination of ongoing high fuel costs and transport demand reducing available trucks and drivers, transport costs for local delivery have risen by 10-15%.
  • Producers are passing these costs on via increased fees or by imposing a fuel levy on deliveries.
  • Still demand for high quality cereal hay which supports long-term hay producers to keep hay in the cropping schedule. Much of the surplus hay from the 2020/21 season is no longer available. Shortage of stored fodder and little available carryover is expected to increase prices as the season progresses.
  • Limited straw available for general sale. Most cereal hay should be of reasonable quality. Low volume but steady sales demand with higher prices available for better quality.
  • Pricing remains variable and is quality rather than demand driven.
  • Cereal hay: +/-0 ($180 to $240/t). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Lucerne hay: +/-0 ($390 to $420/t). Prices remain steady this week for high protein hay.
  • Straw: +/-0 ($90 to $150/t). Prices remain steady.
  • 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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