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Darling Downs

Date DD 22 DD 21 DD 5YA
07-Jan-22 260 310 328
14-Jan-22 260 310 328
21-Jan-22 260 310 328
28-Jan-22 260 310 330
04-Feb-22 260 310 332
11-Feb-22 260 310 332
18-Feb-22 260 310 334
25-Feb-22 260 310 336
04-Mar-22 260 310 336
11-Mar-22 260 310 353
18-Mar-22 260 310 361
25-Mar-22 265 310 361
01-Apr-22 265 310 361
08-Apr-22 265 310 367
15-Apr-22 265 310 363
22-Apr-22 265 310 364
29-Apr-22 265 310 365
06-May-22 265 310 365
13-May-22 265 310 365
20-May-22 265 310 374
27-May-22 265 310 378
03-Jun-22 310 380
10-Jun-22 300 380
17-Jun-22 290 379
24-Jun-22 290 379
01-Jul-22 290 383
08-Jul-22 290 388
15-Jul-22 290 388
22-Jul-22 290 399
29-Jul-22 290 399
05-Aug-22 290 397
12-Aug-22 280 393
19-Aug-22 270 416
26-Aug-22 270 405
02-Sep-22 270 387
09-Sep-22 270 387
16-Sep-22 270 368
23-Sep-22 270 366
30-Sep-22 270 364
07-Oct-22 270 361
14-Oct-22 270 361
21-Oct-22 270 361
28-Oct-22 270 361
04-Nov-22 270 350
11-Nov-22 270 351
18-Nov-22 270 344
25-Nov-22 270 344
02-Dec-22 270 346
09-Dec-22 270 349
16-Dec-22 260 349
23-Dec-22 260 339
30-Dec-22 260 347


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.


  • Moderate rainfall across wide areas of the region with 15-40mm of rainfall for the week, the recent flooding leaves ground inundated, and any further rainfall is staying on the surface. Ongoing rainfall and saturated fields make assessments of damage to crops, stock and infrastructure challenging.
  • For flood relief and assessment aid visit
  • Many growers are stating they believe they need at least a month of warm sunshine with no rain is needed in order to repair the damage and make planting a winter crop this season viable. There has been some suggestion of skipping the winter crop and instead focusing on the summer crop with a full moisture profile. Oats that were freshly sown in some parts of the region are now considered to be lost and, if weather permits them to dry out, the paddocks will need to be re-sown.
  • Some barley and early wheat crops in those areas at the lower end of the rain events are emerging well, with post plant falls of 60mm or less supporting germination and early growth.
  • Fuel, fertiliser, chemicals and freight costs continue to be a concern for most in the region, and though the recent rain has put the sowing on hold, early crop losses will need to be replaced with all the associated costs. Recent rains have increased the weed burden, management actions will be needed.
  • Many growers are downgrading their legumes, grain and pulses and a sizable portion is now being prepared as silage, which could lead to an abundance of this commodity in the local market.
  • Sales continue to be slow due to the weather events and the ongoing instability. Green feed is in plentiful supply in those regions which received good but not flooding rains. As always there is interest in quality Vetch or Cereal hay, supplies are scarcer.
  • No change to pricing this week.
  • Cereal hay: +/-0 ($255 to $275/t). Prices remain steady this week
  • Lucerne hay: +/-0 ($380 to $420/t). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Straw: +/-0 ($70 to $90/t). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Pasture hay: +/-0 ($200 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.

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