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This is a description of National Hay report

National summary

National background comments: report for the week ending 6th December, 2019.

The next update will be on Friday 13th December, 2019. Direct links to reports on each dairy region immediately follow this national summary for hay.

Rain fell this week in many of the regions. For the Darling Downs, central west NSW, north coast NSW and the Goulburn Valley, the soil remains dry after the rain event, with much more rain needed. In Gippsland, southwest Victoria, and southeast South
Australia, the rain interrupted hay making.

There is a lot of hay on the ground at the moment in southwest Victoria and Gippsland. Conditions, while providing a good season for many in these regions, have made it difficult to bale hay. Straw continues to be baled in the Goulburn Valley, southeast South Australia, central South Australia, and southwest Western Australia.

The northern regions continue to drive demand. Demand in northern regions is holding firm. A lot of hay from Victoria, South Australia and southern NSW is moving north. Supplies in the northern regions are limited and the price of southern hay is competing with local markets.

Cereal hay price changes have been noted this week in the Darling Downs, north coast NSW, Bega, the Goulburn Valley and, central South Australia. Price changes have also been noted in Gippsland, southwest Victoria and southeast South Australia.

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 the feed.

Northern Australia - Summary

  • There was little cereal hay made this season and many crops failed. Supply of feed is limited with a lot of hay being carted into the region from the southern parts of the nation.
  • Local hay supplies have moved fast and there are limited supplies left.
  • 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

  • Last seasons hay is limited in supply and there is limited carryover from previous years.
  • New season cereal hay, straw, pasture hay and lucerne continue to be made in parts of the region.
  • There is a lot of hay moving to the northern regions.
  • There were a lot of frost damaged crops that were turned into hay this season.
  • There is hay that has been rained on in parts of southern Australia which has varying degrees of whether damage. This is on the market.
  • Yields have been good for many in the south however, hay making conditions have been difficult this season.
  • 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

  • Cereal hay making is largely finished for the season and yields are low across the state.
  • New season straw is starting to be made in the region, yields are poor.
  • With limited carryover from previous seasons and poor yields across the state, securing long-term, reliable sources of feed may be an issue.
  • 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 (29th November, 2019)

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