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National summary

National background comments: report for the week ending 15th November, 2019.

The next update will be on Friday 22nd November, 2019. Direct links to reports on each dairy region immediately follow this national summary for hay.

Windy conditions were experienced in all regions excluding southwest Western Australia this week. This wind was accompanied by hot and dry weather in the northern regions.

Hay continues to be made in Victoria and South Australia. Weather has been prohibitive for hay making in parts of southeast South Australia and Gippsland, where conditions have too wet to bale. Straw is being made in central South Australia and Western Australia. In central South Australia new season straw is now on the market, however in Western Australia it has yet to come onto the market.

Demand remains strong in the northern regions and a lot of hay is being moved from the south. A lot of the enquiry in the southern regions is coming from the north. For most southern regions local demand is slow.

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

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 limited 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.

Southern Australia - Summary

  • New season cereal hay continues to be made in parts of the region.
  • There is a lot of hay moving to the northern regions.
  • There are a lot of frost damaged crops that have been 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 will be coming onto the market in the coming weeks.
  • There are some parts in the south of the region that are looking to have a good season.

Western Australia - Summary

  • A lot of canola has been made into hay this season.
  • 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.
  • 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 (1st November, 2019)

15-November-2019 Hay
Cereal Lucerne Straw Pasture
Atherton Tablelands Price Range N/A N/A N/A $400 $440
Change -$30
Darling Downs Price Range $400 $450 $600 $700 $250 $350 $450 $650
Change Steady Steady Steady Steady
North Coast NSW Price Range $430 $480 $600 $700 $270 $330 $300 $400
Change $25 Steady Steady Steady
Central West NSW Price Range $380 $460 $600 $700 $240 $280 $400 $500
Change Steady Steady Steady Steady
Bega Valley Price Range $370 $390 $650 $700 $300 $350 $400 $500
Change $10 Steady Steady Steady
Goulburn / Murray Valley Price Range $250 $280 $500 $520 $120 $150 $350 $370
Change $30 Steady Steady $60
Gippsland Price Range $320 $360 $550 $650 $220 $260 $440 $560
Change Steady Steady Steady Steady
South West Victoria Price Range $240 $280 $450 $520 $190 $200 $350 $400
Change -$5 Steady Steady Steady
South East South Australia Price Range $230 $260 $550 $600 $150 $200 $300 $400
Change Steady Steady Steady Steady
Central Districts SA Price Range $200 $260 $570 $650 $140 $170 N/A N/A
Change $5 Steady -$80 N/A
South West WA Price Range $300 $380 $450 $490 $130 $180 $240 $280
Change Steady Steady Steady Steady
North West Tasmania Price Range $220 $260 $350 $400 $80 $130 $170 $220
Change Steady Steady Steady Steady


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