South West WA
|Date||WA 21||WA 20||WA 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.
- Margaret River have received their average annual rainfall in the first half of the year with 850 – 900mm of rain being recorded across the region.
- Good conditions brought strong grass growth, much earlier than usual for farmers in the river country, reducing the need for many to purchase any extra hay. Growers in the region would have normally sold out of last year’s pasture hay but are still carrying stores due to the subdued domestic demand over the last 12 months.
- Reports that growers in the wheat belt region are finding it difficult to get onto paddocks with the continued rain.
- Minimal domestic trade at present with small amounts of cereal hay and straw being taken up by cattle farmers along the coast.
- With a significant reduction in cereal hay plantings in the region, there are concerns the decreased production during spring may not be enough to meet domestic demand during the following months.
- Pricing changes to pasture hay this week.
- Cereal hay: +/-0 ($280 to $320/t). Prices remain steady this week.
- Lucerne hay: +/-0 ($450 to $490). Prices remain steady this week.
- Straw: +/-0 ($120 to 140/t). Prices remain steady this week.
- Pasture hay: -$20 ($180 to $200/t). Prices have eased 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.