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.
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- Good rainfall fell across the region during the past two weeks with falls of more than 25mm of rain across much of the area on a single day and ongoing 10-15mm falls of rain every few days. However, some areas did receive significant heavy falls of 60mm as the cold front moved in.
- Temperatures are beginning to trend back down to average range, with some areas experiencing early frosts.
- Sowing of pasture grasses and ryecorn has been ongoing in those areas with a bit of soil moisture. Farmers are looking for some quick winter feed varieties to take advantage of the sporadic rainfall.
- Perennial clovers starting to show themselves more, especially red and white clover as well as strawberry clover. These are complimenting the cocksfoot and chicory which had been coming along well.
- Some of the maize crops scheduled for silage cuts were taken off before the rainfall, and are on schedule for cutting to continue as the weather clears, depending on the availability of contractors.
- There have been reports of excellent winter crop growth in some areas especially for Forage ryecorn and annual ryegrass as well as turnips and bulk winter feed from kale.
- Input costs continue to be of concern with no indication there will be much relief in the short to medium term. Additional freight costs exacerbate the cost of inputs for Tasmanian farmers.
- Continuing unstable conditions has maintained a high level of interest in hay. Most inquires have been for quality cereal and lucerne hay for stock feeding though there is also interest in small bales for equine sales. Some are being sourced locally with the bulk coming up from the south. The advice is to lock in supplies for winter, as supply is showing signs of tightening especially in the higher end of the market.
- No change to pricing this week.
- Cereal hay: +/-0 ($240 to $265/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 ($190 to $230/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.