North West Tasmania
|Date||Tas 22||Tas 21||Tas 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.
- Heavy rains fell across the region this week with falls of around 40mm of rain in Smithton, and up to 70mm of rain around Burnie.
- Fodder kale growing in many paddocks around Burnie is robust with high biomass, with this crop filling the winter feed needs for a number of livestock farmers, after a summer of low rainfall.
- Paddocks of chicory under sown with red clover are powering along with excellent growth in the northern inland parts of the region.
- As expected with the winter temperatures and conditions, pasture growth has now slowed, and supplementary feed is being employed by livestock and dairy farmers.
- Graze and grain barley crops around Cressy are coming along well after a graze by lambs earlier in the month.
- Input costs continue to be an issue, with the price of fuel once again rising. With fertiliser now being spread on crops, this is also being factored into future plans for some growers.
- Interest in hay has steadied, there are still some parcels of this year’s hay around but much of what is moving is older stock. This is being sourced by livestock, dairy and equine buyers. There is a preference for shedded hay from many purchasers.
- No change to pricing this week.
- Cereal hay: +/-0 ($245 to $270/t) Prices remain steady this week.
- Lucerne hay: +/-0 ($290 to $340/t) Prices remain steady this week.
- Straw: +/-0 ($150 to $200/t) Prices remain steady this week.
- Pasture hay: +/-0 ($195 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.