Hay Report - 1 May 2015

National Summary

  • The hay market is experiencing a general increase of activity across NSW, Victoria and South Australia this week. Price movement is not conforming to a single trend, as prices for different types of hay appear to shifting both up and down based on the unique characteristics of demand and supply specific to each region.
  • Stocks of hay in Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania are relatively low and there is an expectation in the market that prices will increase as the winter months approach.
  • Vetch continues to be sought after in the southern regions with dairy producers seeking additional protein hay to meet animals’ needs for autumn calving.

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Hay Report - 24 April 2015

National Summary

  • Cooler conditions have triggered an increase in the demand and general interest for hay across many of the southern regions. However, the increase in demand has not yet translated into an increase in hay prices; instead we are seeing growers setting prices to meet the market.
  • Stocks of cereal and pasture hay are accessible to buyers inmost regions. It should be noted that there is some discussion around thepossibility of hay shortages arising in central South Australia due to theextremely dry conditions experienced during the spring/summer period.
  • Lucerne and vetch are continuing to be popular with dairyproducers seeking additional protein to meet animals’ needs for autumn calving.

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Hay Report - 10 April 2015

National Summary

  • Many areas across the eastern and southern regions of Australia received much needed rainfall during the Easter weekend. The rain however was patchy and has had no apparent effect on the hay market. Many sellers are holding firm with their minimum prices, particularly for hay produced on irrigation where production costs are higher.
  • Stocks of cereal and pasture hay are accessible to buyers in most regions however there is the possibility of shortages arising in some areas due to some sellers holding onto hay for their own stock needs if they anticipate a late break in the season.
  • Sales of lucerne and vetch have been reported in the southern regions, particularly by dairy farmers looking to provide their animals with adequate protein while waiting for their emerging or newly sown annual pastures to properly establish.
  • The general scarcity of protein hay continues across many regions, particularly in south east Queensland and Western Australia.

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Hay Report - 2 April 2015

National Summary

  • Dry conditions across many regions have prompted an increase in interest from buyers about securing fodder for the winter ahead however significant price movement has not yet been noted in the market. There is still little confidence about when the autumn break might occur. With the forecast of wet weather over Easter, many growers are hopeful for rain (rather than light showers) to aid the establishment of their annual pastures.
  • Following reports that many hay marketers, particularly in SA, WA and Tasmania, have already sold the majority of their hay anyone looking to buy hay in the coming season should contact their trusted hay supplier to secure supply.
  • The general scarcity of lucerne continues across many regions, particularly in south east Queensland and Western Australia. 
  • Drier autumn conditions in the regions across the south east have resulted in producers utilising their silage stocks built up over summer. Some producers are beginning to contemplate purchasing hay while annual pastures are being establishing.

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Hay Report - 27 March 2015

National Summary

  • The slow and steady nature fodder market continues this week with demand staying lower than average for this time of year. With the weather starting to cool and the autumn break yet to arrive in many key regions it is expected that demand will pick up at some stage but when this will occur is unknown for now. As there are reports thay many hay marketers, particularly in SA and WA, have already sold the majority of their hay anyone looking to buy hay in the coming season should contact their trusted hay supplier to secure supply.
  • There are some markets that continue to seek out cereal hay, mainly exporters and chaff mills.
  • The general scarcity of lucerne continues across many regions, particularly in south east Queensland and Western Australia. 
  • Bega Valley and Gippsland have continued to experience good growing conditions with farmers taking the opportunity to make further silage.

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Hay Report - 13 March 2015

National Summary

  • Relatively dry conditions across the Downs and some southern areas have prompted an increase of enquiries by buyers and the hay market has increased trading during the past week.
  • Bega Valley and Gippsland have continued to experience good growing conditions with many farms utilising on farm silage. There are still reports however of the chaff mills continuing to seek high grade lucerne and oaten hay.
  • Proactive sellers in some regions are reporting having sold or forward contracted all of their hay. Anyone looking to buy hay in the coming season should contact their trusted hay supplier to secure supply.

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Hay Report - 6 March 2015

National Summary

  • Relatively quiet trading conditions persist in the hay market this week across the northern, southern and western regions.
  • Many areas across the South have had some rain which has resulted in paddock feed availability being better than is typically experienced at this time of year. This seems to be causing many buyers to delay hay purchasing decisions. The key exception to this is chaff mills continuing to actively seek high grade lucerne and oaten hay.
  • Proactive sellers in some regions are reporting having sold or forward contracted all of their hay. Anyone looking to buy hay in the coming season should contact their trusted hay supplier to secure supply.

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Hay Report - 20 February 2015

National Summary

  • Rain has continued to assist with pasture and crop growth in many regions (particularly for lucerne producers) however the rain has also caused hay quality challenges for growers in several regions.
  • Rain and cooler conditions in the south have caused some buyers to delay their fodder purchases. Chaff mills continue to actively seek high grade lucerne and oaten hay.
  • Reports this week that some hay sellers have already sold or forward contracted all of their hay should serve as a reminder to purchasers to talk to your hay supplier about securing your needs for the coming season.

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