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National summary

National background comments: report for the week ending 17th August, 2018

The next update will be on Friday 24th August, 2018. Direct links to reports on each dairy region immediately follow this national summary for hay.

All along the eastern states the demand for fodder continues to be strong.

Southeast South Australia, central South Australia, southwest Victoria, northwest Tasmania and southwest Western Australia continue to have good rainfall. Dry conditions remain in the Darling Downs, central west NSW, north coast NSW and Bega.

Water allocations for the Macalister Irrigation District (MID) and Bega were released this week and farmers are able to plan irrigation accordingly.

Cereal hay prices have firmed in the Darling Downs, central west NSW, Bega, Goulburn Valley, southeast South Australia and central South Australia. There have been no price changes noted in Gippsland, southwest Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia.

There is a lot of hay being transported around the country of varying quality. We caution buyers and recommend feed-testing and viewing fodder before purchasing to be sure of quality of feed.

Northern Australia - Summary

  • Protein and roughage is becoming difficult to source in the north, alternative feeds such as sorghum stubble and high-moisture corn stubble is being used in the region.
  • Alternative fodder supplies such as almond hulls and cottonseed are impacting on the fodder market at present. These alternate food supplies are starting to become more difficult to source and increasingly expensive.
  • Securing long term, reliable supplies of quality hay may well be an issue for the north as the year progresses with demand expected to be greater than supply.
  • The Government has announced 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: www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/climate-and-emergancies/droughthub

Southern Australia - Summary

  • Rainfall is beginning to moisten soils in some of the region but much more is needed.
  • The Government has announced 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: www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/climate-and-emergancies/droughthub
  • New season hay is selling quickly and there is limited carryover stock from 2016 moving across Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania and South Australia.
  • Demand is exceeding supply in central west New South Wales and predicted in northern Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia.
  • The demand for cereal hay is strong and is expected to remain. Cereal hay supplies are beginning to deplete.
  • Due to high levels of persistent rainfall in spring, we recommend obtaining a mould and yeast test, a feed test, and using a trusted a supplier.

Western Australia - Summary

  • There is good growth in Western Australia and the domestic demand for fodder has eased.
  • Due to changes in the live export industry there is more straw available on the market.
  • The export industry continues to dominate the WA market and is a solid indicator on pricing. Exporters continue to seek out quality hay and as a result, will set the price in the market for quality hay.

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Price change in table below reflects moves since previous report (10 July 2018)

17-August-2018
Hay
Cereal Lucerne Straw Pasture
Atherton Tablelands Price Range N/A
N/A
N/A
$300 $385

Change


Steady
Darling Downs Price Range $500 $600 $440 $550 $350 $400 $275 $375

Change $125 Steady $90 Steady
North Coast NSW Price Range $400 $500 $500 $750 $250 $350 $350 $450

Change Steady $75 Steady Steady
Central West NSW Price Range $500 $600 $550 $650 $220 $320 $400 $520

Change $100 $50 Steady $10
Bega Valley
Price Range $480 $550 $500 $650 $200 $250 $400 $475

Change $65 $25 $35 Steady
Goulburn / Murray Valley Price Range $350 $500 $400 $600 $160 $180 $330 $410

Change $75 Steady $45 $85
Gippsland Price Range $450 $435 $400 $500 $180 $250 $320 $420

Change Steady Steady Steady Steady
South West Victoria Price Range $250 $300 $330 $420 $140 $165 $250 $300

Change Steady Steady Steady Steady
South East South Australia Price Range $300 $400 $400 $500 $120 $150 $200 $300

Change $100 $90 Steady Steady
Central Districts SA Price Range $300 $400 $300 $450 $120 $150 N/A N/A

Change $80 $35 Steady N/A
South West WA Price Range $180 $250 $450 $490 $80 $140 $80 $200

Change Steady Steady Steady Steady
North West Tasmania Price Range $210 $250 $300 $350 $200 $240 $140 $200
 
Change Steady Steady Steady Steady

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