Atherton Tableland

Date AT 20 AT 19 AT 5YA
10-Jan-20 420 350 297
17-Jan-20 420 350 297
24-Jan-20 420 350 297
31-Jan-20 420 350 297
07-Feb-20 420 350 297
14-Feb-20 420 350 297
21-Feb-20 373 350 297
28-Feb-20 325 350 297
06-Mar-20 325 350 297
13-Mar-20 325 350 297
20-Mar-20 325 350 297
27-Mar-20 325 350 297
03-Apr-20 325 350 300
10-Apr-20 300 350 300
17-Apr-20 275 350 300
24-Apr-20 255 350 300
01-May-20 255 350 301
08-May-20 255 350 301
15-May-20 255 350 301
22-May-20 350 301
29-May-20 350 301
05-Jun-20 350 304
12-Jun-20 350 304
19-Jun-20 350 304
26-Jun-20 350 304
03-Jul-20 350 308
10-Jul-20 350 308
17-Jul-20 350 308
24-Jul-20 350 308
31-Jul-20 350 308
07-Aug-20 350 332
14-Aug-20 350 332
21-Aug-20 358 332
28-Aug-20 365 332
04-Sep-20 380 321
11-Sep-20 380 321
18-Sep-20 390 321
25-Sep-20 390 321
02-Oct-20 390 335
09-Oct-20 450 335
16-Oct-20 450 335
23-Oct-20 450 335
30-Oct-20 450 335
06-Nov-20 435 326
13-Nov-20 420 326
20-Nov-20 420 326
27-Nov-20 420 326
04-Dec-20 420 320
11-Dec-20 420 320
18-Dec-20 420 320
25-Dec-20 420 320


Change in price is the change since the last report. Hay quoted is sourced and delivered locally, GST exclusive unless stated otherwise. It should be noted that local prices quoted may not be the cheapest available, sourcing it from another region may be more affordable, and buyers are encouraged to evaluate all options. Prices are indicative to a mid-range shedded product, and based on the best indication of market value at the time of reporting. It should be noted there is a wide variation in quality of hay, prices for a mid-range product will not reflect the weighted average of trade. Prices will naturally vary based on the product quantity and quality, buyer/seller relationship and the size of the trade.

This report has been commissioned by Dairy Australia to provide an independent and timely assessment of grain and hay markets in each dairy region. It should be remembered that actual prices may vary for quality or other reasons. Whilst all reasonable steps have been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this report, Dairy Australia disclaims all liability to the fullest extent permitted by Australian law for any inadvertent errors and for any losses or damages stemming from reliance upon its content. Dairy Australia recommends all persons seek independent advice and, where appropriate, advice from a qualified advisor before making any decisions about changes to business strategy.

Dairy Australia generates a hay report to help farmers make more informed decisions when buying hay. The hay report is updated 40 times per year and provides an independent and timely assessment of hay markets in each dairy region.

This report summarises the hay market for the Atherton Tableland, Queensland.

Hay Commentary

  • It has been a hot and humid week in the Atherton Tablelands. Storms have been patchy over the region this week. More rain and thunderstorms are forecast for later in the week.
  • Farmers in the region are waiting for these storms and a decent amount of rainfall to start sowing crops.
  • The absence of summer rains is driving local demand. Enquiry is also coming from areas outside the region such as Gatton. Hay supplies have moved fast and are increasingly difficult to source. Most of the hay being made is already committed.
  • No price changes have been noted this week.
  • Pasture hay: +/-0 ($400 to $440/t). Prices remain steady this week
  • Note: Hay in the Atherton Tablelands is traditionally priced at $/bale, so it is important to check bale weights for conversion. The price range indicated is for feeds of varying quality with the price range generally indicative of quality of feed. We recommend feed testing and viewing of fodder before purchase to be sure of the quality of feed.
  • Due to the shortage of hay in the region, it is cautioned to be wary of the weight of bales, with farmers packing lighter bales for sale.

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