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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Hay Report - 16 October 2015

National Summary

  • Warm climatic conditions across Southern Australia last week has seen the hay harvest brought forward sooner than expected and contractors and growers are have highlighted that the season will be short for 2015.
  • Buyers that have secured hay stocks pre harvest are better positioned following tough growing conditions resulting in poor yielding crops. With this said there are opportunities for farmers with known feed hay needs for 2016 to secure product now at competitive prices.
  • It should be noted with the harvest ongoing in all states there are a range of prices being reported as new season hay hits the market and as buyers and sellers enter negotiations.

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Hay Report - 25 September 2015

National Summary

  • The 2015 hay season is now underway in many parts of the country. So far 2015 has proved patchy for hay growers leading into the harvest, seeing some regions reporting a good year with average yields predicted, while others are looking at yields well below average.
  • Interest in forward hay buying has been a notable trend in the market this week as buyers look at predictions for a less than favourable spring and summer ahead. Regular buyers and livestock businesses with a known need for hay are talking with growers to secure hay with stocks likely to be tight in 2016.
  • The good grain prices currently on offer are seeing growers consider options to take crops through to grain rather than harvest for hay.

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