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Central West NSW

Date CW 22 CW 21 CW 5YA
07-Jan-22 200 260 270
14-Jan-22 200 230 264
21-Jan-22 200 230 256
28-Jan-22 200 230 254
04-Feb-22 200 230 254
11-Feb-22 190 230 249
18-Feb-22 190 230 249
25-Feb-22 190 230 249
04-Mar-22 190 230 252
11-Mar-22 190 230 254
18-Mar-22 190 230 256
25-Mar-22 190 230 256
01-Apr-22 195 230 259
08-Apr-22 195 230 261
15-Apr-22 195 230 261
22-Apr-22 195 205 266
29-Apr-22 198 205 277
06-May-22 198 205 278
13-May-22 199 205 279
20-May-22 200 205 282
27-May-22 200 195 283
03-Jun-22 200 195 290
10-Jun-22 204 190 290
17-Jun-22 208 185 290
24-Jun-22 208 185 290
01-Jul-22 208 185 304
08-Jul-22 208 185 315
15-Jul-22 208 185 318
22-Jul-22 208 185 318
29-Jul-22 208 185 319
05-Aug-22 208 185 320
12-Aug-22 185 331
19-Aug-22 185 351
26-Aug-22 195 351
02-Sep-22 195 333
09-Sep-22 195 338
16-Sep-22 195 316
23-Sep-22 195 311
30-Sep-22 195 308
07-Oct-22 195 298
14-Oct-22 195 294
21-Oct-22 195 293
28-Oct-22 195 293
04-Nov-22 195 294
11-Nov-22 200 295
18-Nov-22 200 293
25-Nov-22 200 292
02-Dec-22 200 287
09-Dec-22 200 287
16-Dec-22 200 283
23-Dec-22 200 283
30-Dec-22 200 287


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.


  • Some areas are beginning to dry out due to low rainfall over the past week. However, heavy falls are forecast for the end of the week in some parts and are allowing growers to hold off irrigation use for the moment.
  • Canola crops around Griffith are coming along very well with early flower emergence. However, with the region now drying out quite fast, irrigation is being used to supplement soil moisture.
  • There is evidence of Russian wheat aphid in crops around Lake Cargelligo, and with frosts appearing to have little effect on their activity, insecticide is being applied.
  • Wheat crops in the east of the region are looking good as growth has been supported by good rainfall. However, there are also some reports of ryegrass incursion, however this remains manageable for the time being.
  • Mixed pastures of phalaris, fescue, clover and ryegrasses are bulking up well and being grazed to open up the canopy and support additional legume growth.
  • The foot-and-mouth-disease (FMD) outbreak in Bali is causing considerable concern and many farmers remain worried that the measures taken are not sufficient enough to prevent an incursion of the disease. However, some livestock producers are more concerned about the possibility of lumpy skin disease entering the country. Information about the Australian Vetplan and preparedness is available
  • The unseasonably cold conditions in the region continue to cause concern for stock weight gain and have led to an increased demand for high protein feed.
  • Demand for hay is steady, however, there is increased movement of old stock hay, as livestock farmers look to support herds with additional dry matter. A shortage of hay is expected to continue in the region as many farmers have chosen to prioritise grain crops. Straw production will be low unless contracted for a fairer price.
  • No change to pricing.
  • Cereal hay: +/-0 ($175 to $240/t). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Lucerne hay: +/-0 ($305 to $355/t). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Straw: +/-0 ($65 to $90/t). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Pasture hay: +/-0 ($165 to $235/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.

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