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Hay Report



Dairy Australia generates a hay report to help farmers make more informed decisions when buying hay. The hay report is updated 40 times per year and provides an independent and timely assessment of hay markets in each dairy region.

Hay prices by location

Select a location to view the hay price:

  • Location: Atherton Tablelands

    Week Ending20 May 2022
  • Location: Darling Downs

    Week Ending20 May 2022
  • Location: North Coast NSW

    Week Ending20 May 2022
  • Location: Central West NSW

    Week Ending20 May 2022
  • Location: Bega Valley

    Week Ending20 May 2022
  • Location: Gippsland

    Week Ending20 May 2022
  • Location: Goulburn & Murray Valley

    Week Ending20 May 2022
  • Location: South West Victoria

    Week Ending20 May 2022
  • Location: South East SA

    Week Ending20 May 2022
  • Location: Central SA

    Week Ending20 May 2022
  • Location: South West WA

    Week Ending20 May 2022
  • Location: North West Tasmania

    Week Ending20 May 2022

National Summary

National background comments: report for the week ending 20 May 2022.

The next update will be on Friday 27th May 2022. Direct links to reports on each dairy region immediately follow this national summary for hay. 

Driving Prices Up

  • Good quality hay is required to support stock in areas where repeat flood events have impacted pastures. Sales are expected to increase as the winter progresses, donations and Departmental emergency fodder are phased out.
  • The bureau of meteorology has reported significant rainfalls across areas of Qld and a cold front that brought rain across areas of Victoria, Southern NSW and Tasmania.
  • Grain and fodder producers are in the midst of sowing and as predicted many grain farmers have increased plantings of canola, wheat and barley due to high world market demand.
  • In temperate zones pasture growth will now be inhibited by cooler soil temperatures leading to an expected increase in demand for hay for supplementary feeding.
  • Input costs will continue to impact cropping and fodder decisions. Replenishing pasture hay will not be a priority for fertiliser application which may reduce quantities of pasture hay available in Spring.
  • Despite the temporary 20-cent reduction in fuel excise, fuel costs have again increased in many regions. Some transport companies will continue to apply a 5 - 10% fuel levy. Some hay growers, who deliver locally, have indicated that due to ongoing high fuel costs they will apply a fuel surcharge of up to 10%, or cartage fees of 50 cents per km.
  • There has been high demand for good quality cereal hay and vetch hay. However, supplies of both are very low. Lucerne prices are slowly rising as it is being purchased to fill the protein gap. Supplies are expected to continue to tighten as the season progresses.

Driving Prices Down

  • In areas with mild to warmer weather and consistent rainfall, pasture growth will support stock without need for supplementary feed. This will reduce demand for hay and fodder.
  • Varied qualities of fodder are available on the market.
  • Growers with lower grade hay, particularly hay stacked outside have been actively trading.
  • The quality of new season hay was impacted by continuing rain events across most states. Rainfall has meant many crops were harvested later than usual, resulting in coarser hay of lower quality.

Local News

  • Some areas have received consistent falls of rain which has built confidence at the start of sowing.
  • Grain growers have commenced sowing across all regions.
  • High input costs and availability of labour are causing general concern.
  • The continued availability of pasture, where growth has been supported by rainfall and warm weather, has kept the autumn market for fodder slow, as per past years.
  • Some mouse damage to stored fodder has been reported.
  • Repeated high rainfall events in some regions of Northern NSW and Queensland have damaged pastures. In other regions, high Autumn rainfall has reduced the quality of dry paddock feed so decisions will be made to reduce stocking levels or bring in fodder earlier than expected.

Buyers are encouraged to feed test and view fodder before purchasing to ensure of the quality of the feed.

Price change in table below reflects moves since previous report (6 May 2022)

All Location Hay Prices

20 May 2022

Cereal

Lucerne

Straw

Pasture

Atherton Tablelands
Price range
Change
N/A
N/A
N/A
$300 - $400
Steady
Darling Downs
Price range
Change
$255 - $275
Steady
$380 - $420
Steady
$70 - $90
Steady
$200 - $240
Steady
North Coast NSW
Price range
Change
$200 - $260
Steady
$380 - $430
Steady
$100 - $150
Steady
$190 - $220
Steady
Central West NSW
Price range
Change
$175 - $225
$3
$305 - $355
Steady
$60 - $80
Steady
$165 - $220
$3
Bega Valley
Price range
Change
$265 - $300
-$3
$480 - $520
Steady
$190 - $220
Steady
$330 - $360
Steady
Gippsland
Price range
Change
$200 - $240
Steady
$530 - $550
Steady
$80 - $100
Steady
$90 - $135
Steady
Goulburn & Murray Valley
Price range
Change
$170 - $205
Steady
$380 - $410
Steady
$70 - $110
Steady
$210 - $250
Steady
South West Victoria
Price range
Change
$180 - $220
Steady
$330 - $380
Steady
$80 - $105
Steady
$150 - $180
Steady
South East SA
Price range
Change
$200 - $240
Steady
$330 - $350
Steady
$100 - $120
Steady
$190 - $230
Steady
Central SA
Price range
Change
$180 - $240
Steady
$390 - $420
Steady
$90 - $150
Steady
N/A
South West WA
Price range
Change
$200 - $250
Steady
$450 - $490
Steady
$100 - $120
Steady
$160 - $180
Steady
North West Tasmania
Price range
Change
$240 - $265
Steady
$290 - $340
Steady
$150 - $200
Steady
$190 - $230
Steady
Whilst all reasonable steps have been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this report, to the fullest extent permitted by Australian law Dairy Australia disclaims all liability for any inadvertent errors and for any losses or damages stemming from reliance upon its content. Dairy Australia recommends that all persons seek independent advice and, where appropriate, advice from a qualified adviser, before making any decisions about changes to business strategy.

About the Hay Report

Why the hay report is created

Farmers, government, industry advocacy and businesses across the supply chain require independently produced, unbiased data on the industry to inform strategic decisions and policy formation.

Hay reports provide an independent industry view, bringing together key data and insights across the supply chain and industry without any vested interest.

The hay report is created using data provided by the Australian Fodder Industry Association (AFIA).


Interpreting the reports

Hay prices are based on shedded hay without weather damage, of good quality and colour. There is a wide variation in quality for hay, so prices are indicative for a mid-range product.

Prices are estimates based on delivery to dairy farms with allowance for freight, storage, and marketing costs, but exclusive of GST. Actual prices may vary for quality or other reasons.

In this video, dairy farm manager Brian Corr explains how Dairy Australia's hay and grain email updates help him make more informed decisions on-farm.


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