Read hay statistics and data about the Central West New South Wales region.
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.
Light patchy rain fell in central west NSW this week with areas such as Forbes and Orange recording light rainfall, Cowra drizzle and Dubbo no rainfall. Light frosts were also reported in parts of the region.
- Late sown crops in the region are struggling. There are some farmers in the central west NSW busy baling sorghum stubble this week, most of this is already committed.
- Demand is strong in central west NSW and there is limited supply available. There is some corn stubble being moved into the area from the Riverina. Most hay in the region is already committed. Hay is being sourced from outside central west NSW, largely coming from Victoria and South Australia. Cereal hay, pasture hay, lucerne and straw prices have been sourced from outside the region.
- It has been reported there is forage sorghum available from $400/tonne on farm.
- It has been reported that there is corn stubble available in the region from $250/tonne.
No price changes have been noted this week.
- Cereal hay: +/-0 ($550 to $650/tonne). Prices remain steady this week.
- Lucerne hay: +/-0 ($650 to $750/tonne). Prices remain steady this week.
- Straw: +/-0 ($320 to $400/tonne). Prices remain steady this week.
- Pasture hay: +/-0 ($400 to $500/tonne). 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.
- 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
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.