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Central SA

Date C SA 21 C SA 20 C SA 5YA
08-Jan-21 225 315 226
15-Jan-21 225 315 226
22-Jan-21 225 330 226
29-Jan-21 225 320 226
05-Feb-21 225 320 225
12-Feb-21 225 320 225
19-Feb-21 225 320 225
26-Feb-21 225 320 225
05-Mar-21 225 295 219
12-Mar-21 225 270 219
19-Mar-21 225 270 219
26-Mar-21 225 270 219
02-Apr-21 225 270 226
09-Apr-21 225 270 226
16-Apr-21 225 270 226
23-Apr-21 225 270 226
30-Apr-21 205 213 226
07-May-21 205 213 219
14-May-21 205 213 219
21-May-21 205 213 219
28-May-21 205 213 219
04-Jun-21 205 213 231
11-Jun-21 205 213 231
18-Jun-21 205 219 231
25-Jun-21 205 225 231
02-Jul-21 205 225 244
09-Jul-21 205 225 244
16-Jul-21 205 225 244
23-Jul-21 205 225 244
30-Jul-21 205 225 244
06-Aug-21 205 225 274
13-Aug-21 205 225 274
20-Aug-21 205 225 274
27-Aug-21 205 225 274
03-Sep-21 185 225 279
10-Sep-21 185 225 279
17-Sep-21 185 225 279
24-Sep-21 178 225 279
01-Oct-21 170 225 221
08-Oct-21 170 225 221
15-Oct-21 190 225 221
22-Oct-21 225 223
29-Oct-21 225 223
05-Nov-21 225 214
12-Nov-21 225 214
19-Nov-21 225 214
26-Nov-21 225 214
03-Dec-21 225 216
10-Dec-21 225 216
17-Dec-21 225 216
24-Dec-21 216


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. 


  • Significant rain was forecast for the region this week but at time of writing, only 5mm of rain had fallen. More storm activity is forecast for the coming days.
  • With a late break many crops were planted later this year and are still up to five weeks from where they would normally be. The western part of the region, including the York Peninsula, have not had adequate rain since the end of July. Growers are now cutting hay that will yield significantly less on what was originally predicted. Provided spring rain doesn’t become an issue, it is expected there will still be good quality fodder produced. Burra was predicted to yield 5 – 6/t per hectare but are now forecast 3 – 4/t.
  • The season is expected to be in full swing in another two weeks. Parts of Barossa received an isolated rain event three weeks ago which has reportedly benefited crops in that area.
  • Exporters will only take a reduced amount of new season cereal hay and it will need to be a premium product. It continues to be an opportunist market and some trade is taking place for this reason.
  • Changes to pricing this week.
  • Cereal hay: +/$20 ($180 to $1200/t). Prices have increased this week.
  • Lucerne hay: +/-0 ($400 to $450/t). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Straw: +/-0 ($90 to $140/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.

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