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Darling Downs

Date DD 22 DD 21 DD 5YA
07-Jan-22 260 310 328
14-Jan-22 260 310 328
21-Jan-22 260 310 328
28-Jan-22 260 310 330
04-Feb-22 260 310 332
11-Feb-22 260 310 332
18-Feb-22 260 310 334
25-Feb-22 260 310 336
04-Mar-22 260 310 336
11-Mar-22 260 310 353
18-Mar-22 260 310 361
25-Mar-22 265 310 361
01-Apr-22 265 310 361
08-Apr-22 265 310 367
15-Apr-22 265 310 363
22-Apr-22 265 310 364
29-Apr-22 265 310 365
06-May-22 265 310 365
13-May-22 265 310 365
20-May-22 265 310 374
27-May-22 310 378
03-Jun-22 310 380
10-Jun-22 300 380
17-Jun-22 290 379
24-Jun-22 290 379
01-Jul-22 290 383
08-Jul-22 290 388
15-Jul-22 290 388
22-Jul-22 290 399
29-Jul-22 290 399
05-Aug-22 290 397
12-Aug-22 280 393
19-Aug-22 270 416
26-Aug-22 270 405
02-Sep-22 270 387
09-Sep-22 270 387
16-Sep-22 270 368
23-Sep-22 270 366
30-Sep-22 270 364
07-Oct-22 270 361
14-Oct-22 270 361
21-Oct-22 270 361
28-Oct-22 270 361
04-Nov-22 270 350
11-Nov-22 270 351
18-Nov-22 270 344
25-Nov-22 270 344
02-Dec-22 270 346
09-Dec-22 270 349
16-Dec-22 260 349
23-Dec-22 260 339
30-Dec-22 260 347
265 310 365
265 310 374


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.


  • Major rainfall over most of the region over the weekend with falls of 80-100mm across large parts of the area. Rainfall was minimal in the early part of the week however riverine flood warnings are still in place. For flood relief and assessment aid visit
  • Assessment of flood damaged fields and crops from the last rain event had not been completed when the latest rain arrived, especially in low lying areas where flood waters are slow to drain. There is expected to be substantial losses for sorghum, beans and cotton crops. Reports that crops sown earlier in the month are either stripped, buried in silt or still underwater however the extent of losses cannot be assessed.
  • Reports of damage to roads and infrastructure making assessment difficult by road; however some drones are being employed to support the process.
  • Some growers are reporting they did manage to get mungbeans off between the rain events but they are in the silos at 15% moisture, which may impact quality and storage capacity. There is a general feeling there will be downgraded crops suitable for animal feed coming on to the market in the region with a greater than expected portion of the sorghum and mungbeans heading into silage pits.
  • Some growers will consider aerial seeding as a way of resowing fields where access is limited.
  • In areas at the edge of the rain events crops are coming up well. Long maturity wheat varieties such as sunmax are green and thriving.
  • There have been some biosecurity concerns voiced by the cattle farmers in the region about lumpy skin and now the recent reports of foot and mouth in countries close to Australia.
  • The interest in sales is currently subdued due to the sowing season and the weather events. Green feed is still in plentiful supply in regions not adversely affected by the recent flooding. As always there is interest in quality Vetch or Cereal Hay, but the supply is somewhat restrained.
  • No change to pricing this week.
  • Cereal hay: +/-0 ($255 to $275/t). Prices remain steady this week
  • Lucerne hay: +/-0 ($380 to $420/t). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Straw: +/-0 ($70 to $90/t). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Pasture hay: +/-0 ($200 to $240/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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