South West WA
|Date||WA 22||WA 21||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.
- There has been reasonable rainfall of between 25-50mm across western cropping areas. It has been a reasonable start for many croppers with a level of optimism about the season ahead in most areas.
- The full sowing scheduled has now commenced. Canola crops are coming on well and good germination for other early crops has also been reported. Increasing fuel prices and the labour shortage are causing some concerns and have increased pressure on grain and hay producers across the region.
- Input price pressure, labour shortages and the high contract prices being offered for canola and wheat and an improvement in the prices already being offered for barley means the price for hay is not competitive, so opportunistic hay production has been left out of many cropping schedules.
- Hay will be used within the crop rotation program as a clean-up crop by some growers, however this should not be considered in the same category as the production of high-quality varietal pasture hay.
- Long-term hay producers will still be planting some crops for hay, particularly those who specialise in oaten hay for export, although less hectares expected overall.
- Rain has supported sowing and growth of early sheep feed which has reduced Autumn fodder demand.
- Monitoring for mice activity remains a strong recommendation during sowing. It is recommended where mouse control is required growers spread bait during seeding
- No changes to prices.
- Cereal hay: +/-0 ($200 to $250/t). Price remains steady.
- Lucerne hay: +/-0 ($450 to $490/t). Price remains steady.
- Straw: +/-0 ($100 to $120/t). Price remains steady
- Pasture hay: +/-0 ($160 to $180/t). Price remains steady for good quality varietal pasture hay.
- 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.