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This is a description of National Hay report

National summary

National background comments: report for the week ending 10th May, 2019.

The next update will be on Friday 24th May, 2019. Direct links to reports on each dairy region immediately follow this national summary for hay.

Rains came and have started to moisten the soils for much of the nation. The Goulburn Valley have had their autumn break and with the forecast follow-up rain, it is anticipated southwest Victoria will have their break in the coming days.

Farmers throughout southern Australia are busy sowing next season’s crops. While many are sowing their usual rotations there is a increased demand for dual purpose resilient crops such as oats, particularly in areas such as central west NSW, Bega and the Goulburn Valley. With the later arrival of rains and the possibility of a tough spring, many farmers are not planting canola this season.

In the north of the nation some farmers are busy making hay and silage this week. The Atherton Tablelands and north coast NSW have had a break in the weather and have been able to make some feed.

There is a lot of hay being transported around the country of varying quality. We caution buyers and recommend feed-testing and viewing fodder before purchasing to be sure of quality of feed.

Northern Australia - Summary

  • New season hay continues to be made in some parts of the region and is on the market. Supply is limited with a lot of hay being carted into the region from the southern parts of the nation.
  • Late rains started to moisten the soil in parts of the region, for many this is already drying out.
  • Many farmers in the region made the most of the rain and sewed winter crops such as oats and barley. For many, these crops are in need of some more rainfall to provide feed.
  • Securing long term, reliable supplies of quality hay may well be an issue for the north as the year progresses with demand expected to be greater than supply.
  • The Government continues to offer subsidies for transport of fodder, moving livestock and water infrastructure to support eligible farmers in NSW affected by drought. This can be backdated to 1st January 2018. For more information and to apply please visit https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/climate-and-emergencies/droughthub

     

Southern Australia - Summary

  • This seasons hay is limited in supply and there is limited carryover from last season and previous years.
  • There was a lot of high moisture hay baled this year with inoculants in southern Australia. If the hay has a high moisture content but is not hot it should be safe. This hay should be sold on a dry matter basis.
  • There was a large amount of canola crops and failed wheat crops that have been turned into hay this season. This has moved fast and there is limited supply available.
  • Securing long term, reliable supplies of quality hay may well be an issue for parts of the south.
  • Farmers in the region are getting ready to start sewing crops such as wheat, oats and barley.
  • The Government continues to offer subsidies for transport of fodder, moving livestock and water infrastructure to support eligible farmers in NSW affected by drought. This can be backdated to 1st January 2018. For more information and to apply please visit https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/climate-and-emergencies/droughthub

Western Australia - Summary

  • Western Australia is very dry and hand feeding is required in the region.
  • Crops have started to be sewn in the region.
  • There was a lot of high quality hay made this season and this is reflected in the high price for feed in the region.
  • The export industry continues to dominate the WA market and is a solid indicator on pricing. Exporters continue to seek out quality hay and as a result, will set the price in the market for quality hay.

Price change in table below reflects moves since previous report (3rd May, 2019)

 

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