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Read hay statistics and data about the Atherton Tableland region.

Date AT 20 AT 19 AT 5YA
10-Jan-2020 420 350 297
17-Jan-2020 420 350 297
24-Jan-2020 420 350 297
31-Jan-2020 350 297
07-Feb-2020 350 297
14-Feb-2020 350 297
21-Feb-2020 350 297
28-Feb-2020 350 297
06-Mar-2020 350 297
13-Mar-2020 350 297
20-Mar-2020 350 297
27-Mar-2020 350 297
03-Apr-2020 350 300
10-Apr-2020 350 300
17-Apr-2020 350 300
24-Apr-2020 350 300
01-May-2020 350 301
08-May-2020 350 301
15-May-2020 350 301
22-May-2020 350 301
29-May-2020 350 301
05-Jun-2020 350 304
12-Jun-2020 350 304
19-Jun-2020 350 304
26-Jun-2020 350 304
03-Jul-2020 350 308
10-Jul-2020 350 308
17-Jul-2020 350 308
24-Jul-2020 350 308
31-Jul-2020 350 308
07-Aug-2020 350 332
14-Aug-2020 350 332
21-Aug-2020 358 332
28-Aug-2020 365 332
04-Sep-2020 380 321
11-Sep-2020 380 321
18-Sep-2020 390 321
25-Sep-2020 390 321
02-Oct-2020 390 335
09-Oct-2020 450 335
16-Oct-2020 450 335
23-Oct-2020 450 335
30-Oct-2020 450 335
06-Nov-2020 435 326
13-Nov-2020 420 326
20-Nov-2020 420 326
27-Nov-2020 420 326
04-Dec-2020 420 320
11-Dec-2020 420 320
18-Dec-2020 420 320
25-Dec-2020 420 320


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.

Hay commentary

  • It has been hot, humid, and wet in the Atherton Tablelands with Walkamin recording over 100mm of rainfall this week. This total is expected to climb later in the week.
  • The region is looking green. As a result, farmers in the Atherton Tablelands are preparing to sow crops once the weather clears. There is also hay ready to be made once there are a few days of sunny weather.
  • With a bit of green feed around, local demand has eased slightly. Despite this, local demand remains strong and there is still plenty of enquiry coming from outside the region. Hay supplies have moved fast and are increasingly difficult to source. Most of the hay being made is already committed.
  • No price changes have been noted this week.
  • Pasture hay: +/-0 ($400 to $440/t). Prices remain steady this week
  • Note: Hay in the Atherton Tablelands is traditionally priced at $/bale, so it is important to check bale weights for conversion. 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.
  • Due to the shortage of hay in the region, it is cautioned to be wary of the weight of bales, with farmers packing lighter bales for sale.

This report has been commissioned by Dairy Australia to provide an independent and timely assessment of grain and hay markets in each dairying region. 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, to the fullest extent permitted by Australian law Dairy Australia disclaims all liability for any inadvertent errors and for any losses or damages stemming from reliance upon its content. Dairy Australia recommends that all persons seek independent advice and, where appropriate, advice from a qualified adviser, before making any decisions about changes to business strategy.


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