Darling Downs

Date DD 20 DD 19 DD 5YA
10-Jan-20 500 480 344
17-Jan-20 500 480 344
24-Jan-20 520 490 344
31-Jan-20 525 500 344
07-Feb-20 525 500 349
14-Feb-20 525 500 349
21-Feb-20 480 500 349
28-Feb-20 435 500 349
06-Mar-20 435 538 368
13-Mar-20 435 575 368
20-Mar-20 435 575 368
27-Mar-20 415 575 368
03-Apr-20 415 575 376
10-Apr-20 415 553 376
17-Apr-20 415 558 376
24-Apr-20 415 563 376
01-May-20 390 563 383
08-May-20 390 563 383
15-May-20 390 581 383
22-May-20 600 383
29-May-20 600 383
05-Jun-20 600 394
12-Jun-20 600 394
19-Jun-20 600 394
26-Jun-20 600 394
03-Jul-20 625 407
10-Jul-20 625 407
17-Jul-20 635 407
24-Jul-20 635 407
31-Jul-20 635 407
07-Aug-20 635 415
14-Aug-20 635 415
21-Aug-20 580 415
28-Aug-20 525 415
04-Sep-20 525 392
11-Sep-20 450 392
18-Sep-20 450 392
25-Sep-20 438 392
02-Oct-20 425 373
09-Oct-20 425 373
16-Oct-20 425 373
23-Oct-20 425 373
30-Oct-20 425 373
06-Nov-20 425 358
13-Nov-20 425 358
20-Nov-20 425 358
27-Nov-20 435 358
04-Dec-20 445 357
11-Dec-20 455 357
18-Dec-20 455 357
25-Dec-20 455 357


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 Darling Downs, Queensland.


  • Light rain fell on Sunday in the Darling Downs with Toowoomba recording approximately 5mm. Since then the region has been dry, however, rain and possible storms are forecast for the rest of the week.
  • Farmers are waiting to see what these rains bring. Many are running low or have run out of water in the region. Some may sow some millet or sorghum if enough rainfall is received. There is more rain forecast in the coming weeks.
  • Demand remains very strong in the Darling Downs. With no green feed or summer crops sown in the region farmers are relying on carting feed into the region. Cereal hay and vetch are being carted into the region from the southern states.
  • Lucerne, straw and cereal hay prices are for hay to be carted into the region.
  • It has been reported that vetch is being delivered to the region from $550-600/t.
  • No price changes have been noted this week.
  • Cereal hay: +/-0 ($475 to $525/t). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Lucerne hay: +/-0 ($700 to $750/t). Prices remain steady week.
  • Straw: +/-0 ($320 to $380/t). Prices remains steady this week.
  • Pasture hay: +/-0 ($440 to $460/t) Prices remain steady this week.
  • Please note unless stated otherwise, prices are per tonne, sourced and delivered locally. 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.

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