South West WA
|Date||WA 22||WA 21||WA 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.
- Good rainfall has been falling over much of the area, with heavy falls of up to 50mm of rain recorded in scattered parts. Heavy rainfall in places around the Lake Grace region.
- Crop growth is strong. Pasture growth in southern parts of the region is slow due to colder temperatures, with expectations that hay and supplementary feeding will be needed.
- Increasing fuel prices, input prices and ongoing labour shortages remain an issue of concern.
- Strong forward contract prices being offered for canola, wheat and barley. Pulse sales into India are expected to increase, and ongoing global market impacts from poor crop seasons in competing grain production countries will keep a focus on grain rather than hay production across WA.
- Monitoring for mice activity remains a recommendation. It is recommended where mouse control is required, growers should spread bait during seeding. https://grdc.com.au/resources-and-publications/resources/mouse-management.
- Hay is being fed out, so enquiries are steadily increasing, and reasonable sales are expected.
- There is a shortage of good quality pasture hay so prices are remaining strong for quality varietal pasture hay. Cheaper prices for older, lower quality/paddock clean up hay as growers try to move it off farm.
- Strong contract prices for export quality hay have been offered to support planting of crops for hay, and to maintain hay as a competitive option. Prices need to be above $300 per tonne for hay to be profitable given consistently increasing input and labour costs.
- Slight changes to prices.
- Cereal hay: +/-0 ($200 to $250/t). Price remains steady.
- Lucerne hay: -$70 ($350 to $420/t). Small bales selling well. Price has dropped for large bales given strong supply available in some areas.
- Straw: +/-0 ($100 to $120/t). Price remains steady.
- Pasture hay: +/-0 ($160 to $180/t). Price remains steady for good quality varietal pasture hay.
- 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.