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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Hay Report - 18 December 2015

National Summary

  • The hay market was mostly quiet this week as buyers look to fill the last of their sheds before the summer. After a positive looking start throughout most of the country some regions in the South are facing dry conditions while others wait for storms to subside giving them a window to finish harvest.

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Hay Report - 11 December 2015

National Summary

  • The hay market remained quiet throughout the nation this week with prices mostly stable as harvest begins to wind down. The North continues to experience stormy conditions as the South dries off. Generally farmers are looking to top up fodder stocks for the summer ahead, most of them heeding warnings the potential tight fodder supply off the back of a season of lower than expected production.

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Hay Report - 27 November 2015

National Summary

  • After what was widely noted as being perfect fodder harvesting conditions in many areas the weather has reminded us of the frustrations that can come from making hay and silage. There are increasing areas where weather damage has impacted hay quality, and accordingly this is starting to see some cheaper fodder hit the market.

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Hay Report - 20 November 2015

National Summary

  • The rain event across much of eastern and southern Australia in the first week of November brought both relief and complications to producers. As a result, some hay growers have significant quantities of weather damaged hay to contend with.
  • There have been no significant changes to hay prices in the past fortnight, although demand in the Gippsland region is above average for this time of year and prices have shifted accordingly.
  • Yields continue to be lower in the south, particularly in Tasmania, and potential buyers are strongly advised to calculate their feed budget and fodder requirements for the summer.

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Hay Report - 6 November 2015

National Summary

  • For many regions in Australia, the focus this week by hay growers has been to finish baling before the rain arrives. Growers are currently trying to determine the proportion of hay retained on farm and what amount will be offered for sale. Prices have generally been steady and some buyers have elected to purchase directly off the baler.
  • Due to the dry winter/spring period, yields are generally lower in the south, particularly in Tasmania, and the lower stocks mid-way through harvest suggests that hay stocks may be put under pressure in 2016.

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Hay Report - 23 October 2015

National Summary

  • With the harvest in full swing this week we have noticed a consistent theme in the market of buyers looking ahead to secure fodder for 2016. However, despite this increase in interest, prices were fairly flat across most regions this week as growers focus on harvesting the crop rather than marketing hay.
  • Good yields being reported in many areas, however the combination of below average yields in other regions and generally low stocks going into the harvest suggests that hay stocks may be put under pressure in 2016.

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