Dairy Australia - Dairy information for Australian Dairy Farmers and the industry

Primary content

Read hay statistics and data about the North Coast New South Wales region.

Date Nthn NSW Cereal Hay '18 Nthn NSW Cereal Hay '17
05-Jan-2018 290 245
12-Jan-2018 290 245
19-Jan-2018 290 245
26-Jan-2018 290 245
02-Feb-2018 290 245
09-Feb-2018 290 245
16-Feb-2018 290 245
23-Feb-2018 290 245
02-Mar-2018 290 245
09-Mar-2018 290 265
16-Mar-2018 290 265
23-Mar-2018 290 265
30-Mar-2018 290 265
06-Apr-2018 290 275
13-Apr-2018 290 275
20-Apr-2018 290 275
27-Apr-2018 290 275
04-May-2018 290 275
11-May-2018 290 275
18-May-2018 290 276
25-May-2018 290 275
01-Jun-2018 290 275
08-Jun-2018 290 275
15-Jun-2018 290 275
22-Jun-2018 275
29-Jun-2018 275
06-Jul-2018 275
13-Jul-2018 280
20-Jul-2018 290
27-Jul-2018 300
03-Aug-2018 300
10-Aug-2018 300
17-Aug-2018 300
24-Aug-2018 315
31-Aug-2018 315
07-Sep-2018 325
14-Sep-2018 325
21-Sep-2018 325
28-Sep-2018 325
05-Oct-2018 325
12-Oct-2018 325
19-Oct-2018 325
26-Oct-2018 325
02-Nov-2018 325
09-Nov-2018 307.5
16-Nov-2018 290
23-Nov-2018 290
30-Nov-2018 290
07-Dec-2018 290
14-Dec-2018 290
21-Dec-2018 290

Hay Commentary

  • Weather has been fine with a little bit of rain in the last week, amenable to hay making weather. There have been reports of frosts near Tenterville.
  • Rice and straw harvests are underway. Farmers are busy cutting and baling pasture before the frosts hit. Oats have been planted.
  • External demand is very strong and has picked up in the last month from Tamworth and the Northern Tablelands. Local demand is not overly strong, but farmers are looking to secure hay for the winter. No price changes noted this week.
  • Vetch is selling for $400-450 per tonne delivered. Prices of lucerne and straw have firmed.
  • Cereal hay: +/-$0 ($280 to $300/tonne). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Lucerne hay: +/-$0 ($400 to $450/tonne). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Straw: +/-$0 ($250 to $300/tonne). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Pasture hay: +$100 ($300 to $350/tonne). Prices have firmed this week.


Change in price is the change since the last report. Prices are estimates based on delivery to dairy farms with allowance for freight, storage, and marketing costs, but exclusive of GST. Wheat prices are for the relevant stockfeed wheat available in a region (ASW, AGP, SFW1 or FED1) and F1 for barley.

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.

Major Initiatives

Focus Farms

Dairy Australia has established a network of Focus Farms to support farmer decision making. Find out how Focus Farms looks at the factors impacting decisions at any point in time, including seasonal and market conditions.


DataGene is an independent and industry-owned organisation responsible for driving genetic gain and herd improvement in the Australian dairy industry and is an initiative of Dairy Australia and industry.

More Initiatives