|Date||Gipps 22||Gipps 21||Gipps 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.
- Low rainfall totals this week, with averages of 10-15mm of rain. Although coastal areas saw a higher average, temperatures across the region are quite low with frosts most mornings.
- The cooler temperatures have led to slowed pasture growth and early frosts are drying out some of the ground. However, there is still plenty of green feed currently available.
- There has been an increase in the number of fox sightings in the region, causing concern for dairy farmers regarding the risk of pregnant cows being infected with Neospora caninum. https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/160436/neospora.pdf
- Plentiful soil moisture has supported growth of mixed pastures of peas, vetch, ryegrass and clovers. After 30 day rounds of grazing, the remainder will be cut for silage by most growers.
- Early calving season has started in the region, but the bulk of births are expected in July.
- Fuel prices are again on the rise, with an increase of 10c per litre for diesel in the last week.
- Hay and silage enquiries have levelled out, though trade is still good. A number of farmers are filling up their sheds, and in some cases building new ones, as insurance against the next drought.
- No change in prices this week.
- Cereal hay: +/-0 ($200 to $250/t). Prices remain steady this week.
- Lucerne hay: +/-0 ($530 to $550/t). Prices remain steady this week.
- Straw: +/-0 ($80 to $100/t). Prices remain steady this week.
- Pasture hay: +/-0 ($90 to $145/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.