|Date||AT 22||AT 21||AT 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.
- Over the past week, inconsistent weather and continued drizzly rain has hindered hay production across the region.
- There are some paddocks being cut for mulch.
- Foot-and-mouth-disease (FMD) is causing considerable concern across the region. Information about the Australian Vetplan and preparedness is available at https://animalhealthaustralia.com.au.
- There are reports that machinery repair costs, long delays to access replacement parts and high input prices will deter many producers from opportunistic hay production this season.
- Fuel prices are currently sitting at around $2.23/litre and are expected to rise again when the excise is returned.
- Hay demand has increased across the region however there is no sign of prices increasing.
- Input costs will require a price rise to maintain interest in producing hay.
- No change to pricing this week due to slow trade, however demand is expected to increase in coming months.
- 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.