|Date||C SA 22||C SA 21||C SA 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.
- Little rainfall across the region, only patchy amounts around 5mm of rainfall for May so far. Some other areas have had reasonable falls which have maintained subsoil moisture levels but consistent rainfall needed across the region to support grain and hay production.
- It has been confirmed that some growers have dropped out of hay production this coming season due to gross margin concerns. Canola plantings are expected to be up, although some grain growers are still waiting on the break. Dry sowing of canola in some parts of the region. Wheat now being sown.
- Hay production is still seen as a competitive weed control method for control of ryegrass.
- Due to the combination of ongoing high fuel costs and transport demand reducing available trucks and drivers, transport costs for local delivery have risen by 10-15%.
- Producers are passing these costs on via increased fees or by imposing a fuel levy on deliveries.
- Still demand for high quality cereal hay which supports long-term hay producers to keep hay in the cropping schedule. Much of the surplus hay from the 2020/21 season is no longer available. Shortage of stored fodder and little available carryover is expected to increase prices as the season progresses.
- Limited straw available for general sale. Most cereal hay should be of reasonable quality. Low volume but steady sales demand with higher prices available for better quality.
- Pricing remains variable and is quality rather than demand driven.
- Cereal hay: +/-0 ($180 to $240/t). Prices remain steady this week.
- Lucerne hay: +/-0 ($390 to $420/t). Prices remain steady this week for high protein hay.
- Straw: +/-0 ($90 to $150/t). Prices remain steady.
- 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.