Hay Report - 15 April 2016

National Summary

  • Across the nation this week there was a general trend of an increased demand for purchased fodder. This lines up with the start of winter, drying off of pasture in the North and cool temperatures with less feed in the South.
  • Most hay prices remained steady this week despite the rise in enquiry and orders. Reports indicate that many buyers are resisting any price increases due to limited cash flow.
  • Good pasture and silage availability continues to delay any immediacy or need for purchased fodder in the North but there continues to be indications that in some regions supply could be tight later in the year.
  • The South still holds the strongest demand for fodder around the country and recent rainfall has done little to slow this. While a lot of hay is yet to be moved in the South a good percentage of it is spoken for. Based on this we recommend getting onto your trusted supplier early if you have a known need for fodder in 2016.

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Hay Report - 1 April 2016

National Summary

  • There were limited changes to hay prices this week as the general trend of the market being described as slow continues in most parts of the nation.
  • It must be noted though that this week there was a noticeable rise in the enquiries for hay with a number of buyers looking to stock sheds as the weather cools off.
  • To the North, good pasture and silage availability continue to provide a positive outlook for farmers however, there was a noted concern over what feed options will be available come winter which resulted in an increased demand in some regions.
  • Heading South, while the demand for fodder remains is generally steady there are a number of regions where there is still strong demand. Some areas have received some early rains however this is yet to have an impact on the demand for fodder. Commentary from the market has suggested that increases in hay prices could occur in the next fortnight as silage stocks run out and more buyers re-enter the market.

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Hay Report - 18 March 2016

National Summary

  • There were few changes in the hay market across the nation this week as many regions continue to experience a lull in trading.
  • To the North, on and off rainfall continues to provide a positive outlook for farmers by topping up pasture availability to add to an already strong supply of hay. Reports indicate good volumes of silage are also yet to be touched keeping most farmers focused on home grown fodder.
  • The trend of an increased demand heading South continues this week as no relief came to ease dry conditions. Tight supply coupled with high priced fodder has restricted large changes to the market however, and sees a number of buyers sitting out of the market.

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Hay Report - 4 March 2016

National Summary

  • This week the generally slow hay market and lull in trading across much of the nation continued.
  • In the north this is driven by the good availability of both pasture and silage thanks to from good summer rainfall. As a result of this we expect limited demand for fodder from cattle farmers in the foreseeable future.
  • In the south many farmers continue to rely on hay and silage, both home grown and purchased, and have been noting that fodder stocks are lower than ideal for this time of year. This has led to talk of possible supply shortages that could exist without an early autumn break.
  • Reports have this week indicated that in the south, the current slow state of the market is expected to pick up in the coming fortnight and prices with it. This will be driven predominantly by silage supplies running low.
  • It should also be noted that there are still regions in the south experiencing high demand for hay, in contrast to the rest the nation, which continued this week and is expected to until after the break.

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Hay Report - 18 February 2016

National Summary

  • Limited change was noted in the national hay market this week with the contrast between northern and southern markets continuing. Recent rainfall has topped up pasture growth and benefiting both hay and silage stocks in the north, while storms have affected some southern areas most are still feeling the pinch when it comes to available pasture growth.
  • This week we have noted that generally speaking the market has slowed. This is partially driven by a reluctance of buyers to commit to current prices and in other areas we are seeing buyers sit out of the market as the season unfolds.

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Hay Report - 5 February 2016

National Summary

  • This week we saw a continuation of the contrast between hay markets in the north and south. Rainfall in the northern regions has resulted in a positive outlook on feed availability in the coming months by providing good pasture availability and limiting any real immediate need for bought in fodder. In the south talk of supply issues intensified late last week however commentary this week has shown this to be largely unfounded in most regions as good volumes of hay are still available at prices not unlike to dryer seasons in recent years.

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Hay Report - 15 January 2016

National Summary

  • The nation’s hay market experienced varied levels of activity this week, mainly driven by rainfall. Regions to the north were mostly quiet as demand slowed following continued rain which has provided a positive outlook for the coming weeks. In the southern regions where conditions have stayed dry there have been significant levels of trade in fodder going on as buyers to seek secure fodder stocks.

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Hay Report - 7 January 2016

National Summary

  • This week we have seen a growing divide in the levels of activity in the hay markets on the east coast, with the north remaining fairly quiet off the back of rain, while in southern regions there is a growing demand for hay driven by ongoing dry conditions. This trend is not likely to turn around quickly, and given the general lower than average hay production noted in most regions for 2015 is suggesting that hay may be in tight supply through 2016.

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