Read hay statistics and data about the Goulburn and Murray Valley regions.
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.
- Rain fell in the Goulburn Valley this week and with more rain forecast the autumn break has come. Shepparton recorded 3mm of rainfall, Benalla 4mm, Yarrawonga 1mm, Echuca 3mm and Kyabram 5mm.
- Rain in the region has been patchy with parts of the region in need of some more rain while others have had so much they are only now able to start sowing. For most in the region, sowing is well underway.
- Demand for feed is strong in the region and supply is limited. There is a high demand for protein hay but there is very little of this. It is postulated that there are farmers in the region sitting on reserves to ensure they have themselves covered. Many farmers in the region are only servicing existing customers. A lot of the hay that is now moving is low-grade. There is a lot of hay being carted in and out of the region.
- It has been reported canola is available in the region from $300/t on farm.
- It has been reported that there is some gassed rice straw silage available from $100/bale delivered locally.
- Pasture hay prices have firmed this week.
- Cereal hay: +/-0 ($380 to $440/t). Prices remain steady this week.
- Lucerne hay: +90 ($600 to $700/t). Prices have firmed this week
- Straw: +/-0 ($150 to $190/t). Prices remain steady this week.
- Pasture hay: +25 ($420 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.