Read hay statistics and data about the Gippsland 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.
Scattered rain fell in Gippsland this week with Yarram recording 18mm, Yanakie 27mm, Bairnsdale 35mm, and Sale 24mm.
- Rains have started to moisten the soils but much more is needed. Many farmers in the region are busy sowing rye grass blends and a few are sowing cereal crops. It is postulated sowing is down about 75%.
- Demand is very strong and continues to increase.
- Supply is limited with feed being sourced from outside the region. A lot of alternatives are being sourced and used in the region. There is a high demand for cereal hay but this is becoming increasingly difficult to source. There is a lot of canola and cereal hay being carted into Gippsland from other parts of the state. Canola that has been made correctly is testing well is and is good quality feed.
- Hay and straw prices quoted are from outside the region.
- It has been reported there is some canola being delivered to the region from $420/t.
- It has been reported that there is corn stubble being delivered to the region from $180/t.
- Cereal and pasture hay prices have firmed this week.
- Cereal hay: +10 ($440 to $490/t). Prices have firmed this week.
- Lucerne hay: +/-0 ($520 to $570/t). Prices remain steady this week.
- Straw: +/-0 ($200 to $250/t). Prices remain steady this week.
- Pasture hay: +80 ($380 to $480/t). Prices have firmed 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.