Read hay statistics and data about the Darling Downs 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 rain fell on Sunday in the Darling Downs with Toowoomba recording approximately 5mm. Since then the region has been dry, however, rain and possible storms are forecast for the rest of the week.
- Farmers are waiting to see what these rains bring. Many are running low or have run out of water in the region. Some may sow some millet or sorghum if enough rainfall is received. There is more rain forecast in the coming weeks.
- Demand remains very strong in the Darling Downs. With no green feed or summer crops sown in the region farmers are relying on carting feed into the region. Cereal hay and vetch are being carted into the region from the southern states.
- Lucerne, straw and cereal hay prices are for hay to be carted into the region.
- It has been reported that vetch is being delivered to the region from $550-600/t.
- No price changes have been noted this week.
- Cereal hay: +/-0 ($475 to $525/t). Prices remain steady this week.
- Lucerne hay: +/-0 ($700 to $750/t). Prices remain steady week.
- Straw: +/-0 ($320 to $380/t). Prices remains steady this week.
- Pasture hay: +/-0 ($440 to $460/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.
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.