Report

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 Ending17 September 2021
  • Location: Darling Downs

    Week Ending17 September 2021
  • Location: North Coast NSW

    Week Ending17 September 2021
  • Location: Central West NSW

    Week Ending17 September 2021
  • Location: Bega Valley

    Week Ending17 September 2021
  • Location: Gippsland

    Week Ending17 September 2021
  • Location: Goulburn & Murray Valley

    Week Ending17 September 2021
  • Location: South West Victoria

    Week Ending17 September 2021
  • Location: South East SA

    Week Ending17 September 2021
  • Location: Central SA

    Week Ending17 September 2021
  • Location: South West WA

    Week Ending17 September 2021
  • Location: North West Tasmania

    Week Ending17 September 2021

National Summary

National background comments: report for the week ending 17 September 2021.

The next update will be on Friday 01 October 2021. Direct links to reports on each dairy region immediately follow this national summary for hay. 

Driving Prices Up

  • Lucerne continues to be the most sold fodder type across eastern Australia. A wet 2020 summer in central New South Wales reportedly produced good quality dryland lucerne. Many farmers have been preferring to transport lucerne over purchasing weather damaged cereal or vetch hay to meet protein needs. Improved weather conditions in Queensland have seen many return to lucerne production this season. Wet catchments, dams and rivers will potentially provide many growers with the security to irrigate over the coming summer.
  • Trade continues to be limited, however some farmers are reportedly taking the opportunity to seek out good quality hay to put into storage.
  • Many feedlots are increasing numbers to meet export markets and will need the fodder to support this demand.

Driving Prices Down

  • Improved conditions have seen stock return to paddocks, softening existing trade. Many farmers are waiting for new season hay and how that stock will be priced before making further purchases.
  • A significant amount of last season’s weather damaged hay is on the market at a reduced price. It will be unlikely to see that hay move so close to the new season.
  • Good spring conditions will see many farmers producing and conserving as much silage as they can themselves, particularly along the New South Wales coast and Victoria.

Local News

  • In most states, there were milder daytime temperatures with no early hot winds. Western Victoria continues to struggle in parts where rain has been limited and rust red leather leaf is prominent. This will downgrade oaten day crops appearance but not feed value.
  • Despite less hay plantings this season, regular growers with good undercover storage are likely to still aim to produce and store as much premium hay as possible.
  • Border closures and permit requirements continue to be a concern for contractors as the new silage and hay season approaches.
  • Silage is underway in northern Victoria, with southern Victoria to follow towards the end of September, depending on conditions.
  • In northern Australia, demand in the Atherton Tablelands remains steady with a small amount moving locally. Following the recent rainfall in Queensland, many areas have had substantial pasture growth. The Darling Downs area is reporting one of the best starts to a season following good rainfall for the first half of the year. Barley crops have start to be cut for hay in the region.
  • Southern Australia is on track for a good season with timely rain, as most regions are reporting good growth. The northern Victoria region has started to cut silage, with many growers looking to turn these paddocks around for hay with the favourable conditions.
  • Western Australia reportedly recorded one of its best season breaks. High yields are expected through the region as the season progresses well, with prices remaining strong for all fodder types in WA.

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 (10 September 2021)

All Location Hay Prices

17 September 2021

Cereal

Lucerne

Straw

Pasture

Atherton Tablelands
Price range
Change
N/A
N/A
N/A
$300 - $330
Steady
Darling Downs
Price range
Change
$260 - $280
Steady
$390 - $430
Steady
$60 - $70
Steady
$200 - $240
Steady
North Coast NSW
Price range
Change
$250 - $300
Steady
$380 - $430
Steady
$100 - $150
Steady
$200 - $230
Steady
Central West NSW
Price range
Change
$180 - $210
Steady
$310 - $360
Steady
$60 - $80
Steady
$160 - $200
Steady
Bega Valley
Price range
Change
$290 - $320
Steady
$480 - $520
Steady
$200 - $230
Steady
$350 - $400
Steady
Gippsland
Price range
Change
$210 - $250
Steady
$550 - $650
Steady
$70 - $85
Steady
$90 - $110
Steady
Goulburn & Murray Valley
Price range
Change
$180 - $200
Steady
$400 - $450
Steady
$80 - $100
Steady
$230 - $280
Steady
South West Victoria
Price range
Change
$170 - $220
Steady
$350 - $400
Steady
$60 - $80
Steady
$150 - $180
Steady
South East SA
Price range
Change
$200 - $230
Steady
$330 - $350
Steady
$100 - $120
Steady
$180 - $200
Steady
Central SA
Price range
Change
$170 - $200
Steady
$400 - $450
Steady
$90 - $140
Steady
N/A
South West WA
Price range
Change
$260 - $310
Steady
$450 - $490
Steady
$130 - $180
Steady
$180 - $200
Steady
North West Tasmania
Price range
Change
$220 - $280
Steady
$300 - $350
Steady
$150 - $200
Steady
$200 - $240
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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