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South West Victoria

Date SW 21 SW 20 SW 5YA
08-Jan-21 200 285 228
15-Jan-21 200 325 228
22-Jan-21 200 325 228
29-Jan-21 200 325 228
05-Feb-21 200 325 230
12-Feb-21 200 325 230
19-Feb-21 200 300 230
26-Feb-21 200 275 230
05-Mar-21 200 275 231
12-Mar-21 200 275 231
19-Mar-21 200 270 231
26-Mar-21 200 270 231
02-Apr-21 200 270 242
09-Apr-21 200 270 242
16-Apr-21 200 270 242
23-Apr-21 190 270 242
30-Apr-21 190 260 242
07-May-21 190 260 256
14-May-21 190 260 256
21-May-21 190 260 256
28-May-21 190 260 256
04-Jun-21 190 260 274
11-Jun-21 190 260 274
18-Jun-21 190 260 274
25-Jun-21 190 260 274
02-Jul-21 190 260 273
09-Jul-21 190 260 273
16-Jul-21 190 245 273
23-Jul-21 190 230 273
30-Jul-21 190 230 273
06-Aug-21 190 230 264
13-Aug-21 190 215 264
20-Aug-21 190 215 264
27-Aug-21 195 215 264
03-Sep-21 195 215 255
10-Sep-21 195 215 255
17-Sep-21 195 215 255
24-Sep-21 195 215 255
01-Oct-21 195 215 240
08-Oct-21 195 215 240
15-Oct-21 195 215 240
22-Oct-21 215 239
29-Oct-21 215 239
05-Nov-21 215 224
12-Nov-21 215 224
19-Nov-21 215 224
26-Nov-21 215 224
03-Dec-21 200 217
10-Dec-21 200 217
17-Dec-21 200 217
24-Dec-21 217


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.


  • The region recorded 5mm of rain this week following 30mm of rain that fell during the first week of October.
  • Silage continues to be made in the Portland region; there has been more rolled silage than pit at this point, with paddocks too wet for heavy machinery. Growers are locking up paddocks now for pasture hay that will be cut towards the end of November. Warmer conditions will enable farmers to graze more feed as it continues to improve.
  • Approximately 20% of vetch that was planted this year in the Mallee has been left for hay. Limited rain saw growers spray out crops or graze off. Recent reports suggest cut vetch crops, which are still another seven days off baling, received rain this week with 5 – 10mm of rain recorded. More is forecast for the Mallee over the coming days. Consequently, many expect good quality vetch will be in short supply this season.
  • Reports that cereal hay is being transported to feedlots preparing cattle for live export. Farmers have also taken advantage of any reasonable quality cereal and vetch hay left in the Mallee and storing for use over the coming year in the southern parts of the state.
  • No changes to prices this week.
  • Cereal hay: +/-0 ($170 to $220/t). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Lucerne hay: +/-0 ($350 to $400/t). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Straw: +/-0 ($60 to $80/t). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Pasture hay: +/-0 ($150 to $180/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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