South West Victoria
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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.
- Light to moderate rainfall this week over the region, with falls in between 15-25 mm of rain for coastal areas and 10-15mm of rain for the rest of the region.
- Border and coastal regions which had to dry sow their crops in the hope of follow up rains, are reporting strong growth, however frosts are bringing new concerns.
- Lambing season continues in the region with some welfare management required to reduce the impact of the cold conditions.
- Grass continues to grow slowly in the area, with farmers trying to make the most of this growth by spreading urea and nitrogen.
- Slug and conical snail infestation has been reported in new crops and grasses around Heywood with mitigation now underway to prevent losses. GRDC have provided factsheets on optimal control. https://grdc.com.au/resources-and-publications/grdc-update-papers/tab-content/grdc-update-papers/2019/02/snail-research-optimising-control
- Mice activity continues to be reported in both paddocks and sheds, with higher numbers being reported over the last few weeks. https://grdc.com.au/resources-and-publications/resources/mouse-management.
- Input costs continue to be an issue for growers and farmers, with the cost of fuel rising steadily.
- The cold weather and dryer than normal conditions are supporting hay sales. Most of the hay being sold is either going to beef or dairy farms. Feedlots are starting to look at hay as the cheaper alternative for when existing grain supply contracts end, and they have to negotiate grain contracts at the higher prices.
- No change to pricing this week.
- Cereal hay: +/-0 ($180 to $220/t). Prices remain steady this week.
- Lucerne hay: +/-0 ($330 to $380/t). Prices remain steady this week.
- Straw: +/-0 ($80 to $105/t). Prices remain steady this week.
- Pasture hay: +/-0 ($150 to $180/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.