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Good rains ease hay shortage

By Dairy News

Demand for hay has eased throughout much of the country, according to Dairy Australia.

In regions such as the Goulburn Valley, southwest Victoria, southeast South Australia, central South Australia and southwest Western Australia, good grass growth and consistent rainfall is helping ease local demand.

It is postulated that the ease in demand in regions such as the Darling Downs and central west NSW is attributed to many farmers in the region waiting until next season to buy more hay.

Hay supplies throughout Australia remain tight with many farmers finding it difficult to source hay and straw.

Despite more hay coming onto the market from regions such as the Goulburn Valley, southwest Victoria, southeast South Australia and central South Australia much of the hay moving and in sheds is already committed.

Cereal hay prices have firmed this week in Bega. Lucerne prices have firmed this week in Gippsland, southwest Victoria and southeast South Australia. No other price changes have been noted this week.

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 the feed. 

– Dairy Australia