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Atherton Tableland

Date AT 22 AT 21 AT 5YA
07-Jan-22 290 315 298
14-Jan-22 290 315 300
21-Jan-22 290 315 300
28-Jan-22 290 315 300
04-Feb-22 290 315 300
11-Feb-22 290 315 300
18-Feb-22 290 315 300
25-Feb-22 290 315 300
04-Mar-22 290 315 300
11-Mar-22 290 315 300
18-Mar-22 290 315 300
25-Mar-22 350 315 300
01-Apr-22 350 315 300
08-Apr-22 350 315 302
15-Apr-22 350 315 303
22-Apr-22 350 315 304
29-Apr-22 350 315 304
06-May-22 350 315 304
13-May-22 350 315 304
20-May-22 350 315 304
27-May-22 350 315 304
03-Jun-22 350 315 304
10-Jun-22 350 315 304
17-Jun-22 350 315 304
24-Jun-22 350 315 308
01-Jul-22 350 315 308
08-Jul-22 315 308
15-Jul-22 315 308
22-Jul-22 315 310
29-Jul-22 315 318
05-Aug-22 315 325
12-Aug-22 315 325
19-Aug-22 315 325
26-Aug-22 315 326
02-Sep-22 315 303
09-Sep-22 315 314
16-Sep-22 315 314
23-Sep-22 315 316
30-Sep-22 315 317
07-Oct-22 290 312
14-Oct-22 290 323
21-Oct-22 290 321
28-Oct-22 290 321
04-Nov-22 290 321
11-Nov-22 290 315
18-Nov-22 290 308
25-Nov-22 290 309
02-Dec-22 290 309
09-Dec-22 290 309
16-Dec-22 290 309
23-Dec-22 290 309
30-Dec-22 290 309


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.


  • The harvest of peanut and corn crops has given way to another busy planting season. Some growers are now putting in crops of wheat and barley with the hope of having a cereal crop to harvest.
  • Heavy rainfalls are predicted over the coming weekend.
  • There is a shortage of feed grain available in the region as some specialist livestock producers look for high quality feed to support their stud cattle during show season.
  • Machinery repair costs, long delays to access replacement parts and high input prices will act to deter many producers from opportunistic hay production in the coming season.
  • For growers who recently harvested pasture for seed or hay, decisions are being made to not invest in fertiliser for future hay crops.
  • Given the consistently low demand for hay, a high percentage of older pastures will now be left in paddocks and used as green manure mulch.
  • Fuel prices rose again this week, bringing renewed concern for the impact on profitable hay and crop production.
  • Slow trade and low movement of fodder. Trade is expected to increase as winter progresses.
  • No change to pricing this week.
  • Pasture (Rhodes Grass) hay: +/-0 ($300 to $400/t). Prices remain steady.
  • Please note: Hay in the Atherton Tablelands is traditionally priced at $/bale, so it is important to check bale weights for conversion. 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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