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Read hay statistics and data about the Central West New South Wales region.

Date CW 20 CW 19 CW 5YA
10-Jan-2020 415 475 263
17-Jan-2020 400 450 263
24-Jan-2020 450 263
31-Jan-2020 450 263
07-Feb-2020 425 252
14-Feb-2020 425 252
21-Feb-2020 425 252
28-Feb-2020 425 252
06-Mar-2020 450 257
13-Mar-2020 475 257
20-Mar-2020 475 257
27-Mar-2020 475 257
03-Apr-2020 475 269
10-Apr-2020 475 269
17-Apr-2020 494 269
24-Apr-2020 513 269
01-May-2020 513 290
08-May-2020 513 290
15-May-2020 526 290
22-May-2020 540 290
29-May-2020 575 290
05-Jun-2020 575 307
12-Jun-2020 575 307
19-Jun-2020 575 307
26-Jun-2020 590 307
03-Jul-2020 600 334
10-Jul-2020 600 334
17-Jul-2020 600 334
24-Jul-2020 600 334
31-Jul-2020 600 334
07-Aug-2020 600 352
14-Aug-2020 600 352
21-Aug-2020 563 352
28-Aug-2020 525 352
04-Sep-2020 525 334
11-Sep-2020 415 334
18-Sep-2020 400 334
25-Sep-2020 400 334
02-Oct-2020 400 307
09-Oct-2020 400 307
16-Oct-2020 400 307
23-Oct-2020 400 307
30-Oct-2020 420 307
06-Nov-2020 420 305
13-Nov-2020 420 305
20-Nov-2020 425 305
27-Nov-2020 425 305
04-Dec-2020 425 296
11-Dec-2020 415 296
18-Dec-2020 415 296
25-Dec-2020 415 296


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 a dry, hot week in central west NSW however, rain and possible storms are forecast for Thursday and Friday.
  • Farmers in the region are waiting to see how much rainfall they get from these storms. Some are hoping that if there is some follow-up rain forecast that they will be able to sow crops. Currently sourcing seed for crops is difficult.
  • Demand is holding very strong in central west NSW. Most hay in the region has moved. Feed is largely being sourced from Victoria and South Australia.
  • Cereal hay, pasture hay, lucerne, and straw prices, have been sourced from outside the region.
  • Please note that the drop in price for cereal hay in central west NSW is due to most local supplies being exhausted and therefore the prices quoted in the report is now for hay to be carted into the region.
  • Vetch is being delivered to the region from $480/t.
  • Canola is available in the region from $400/t.
  • Cereal hay: -15 ($380 to $420/t). Prices have eased this week.
  • Lucerne hay: +/-0 ($600 to $700/t). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Straw: +/-0 ($240 to $280/t). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Pasture hay: +/-0 ($400 to $500/t). 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.


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