South West Victoria
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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.
- 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.