North Coast NSW

Date N NSW 20 N NSW 19 N NSW 5YA
10-Jan-20 475 365 295
17-Jan-20 475 380 295
24-Jan-20 525 380 295
31-Jan-20 525 380 295
07-Feb-20 525 450 307
14-Feb-20 525 450 307
21-Feb-20 475 450 307
28-Feb-20 425 450 307
06-Mar-20 425 488 320
13-Mar-20 425 525 320
20-Mar-20 425 525 320
27-Mar-20 425 525 320
03-Apr-20 425 525 327
10-Apr-20 425 525 327
17-Apr-20 425 525 327
24-Apr-20 425 525 327
01-May-20 425 525 327
08-May-20 425 525 327
15-May-20 425 525 327
22-May-20 525 327
29-May-20 525 327
05-Jun-20 525 329
12-Jun-20 525 329
19-Jun-20 525 329
26-Jun-20 525 329
03-Jul-20 525 340
10-Jul-20 525 340
17-Jul-20 525 340
24-Jul-20 525 340
31-Jul-20 525 340
07-Aug-20 525 371
14-Aug-20 525 371
21-Aug-20 525 371
28-Aug-20 525 371
04-Sep-20 475 370
11-Sep-20 450 370
18-Sep-20 450 370
25-Sep-20 448 370
02-Oct-20 445 359
09-Oct-20 445 359
16-Oct-20 438 359
23-Oct-20 430 359
30-Oct-20 430 359
06-Nov-20 443 335
13-Nov-20 455 335
20-Nov-20 455 335
27-Nov-20 455 335
04-Dec-20 465 328
11-Dec-20 465 328
18-Dec-20 465 328
25-Dec-20 465 328


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 New South Wales North Coast.


  • Patchy rain fell on Sunday and Wednesday in north coast NSW with areas in the region recording anywhere between 1 and 50mm. Rain and possible storms are forecast for the rest of the week.
  • Some farmers in the region are making the most of the rainfall they received and are sowing crops such as sorghum.
  • Demand remains strong in north coast NSW. There is little feed available in the region with most hay in the region now moved. Cereal hay is being transported into the region from Victoria. Some roads in north coast NSW are opening and it is now easier for some farmers in the region to access feed.
  • Cereal hay and lucerne prices quoted are for supplies to be carted into the region.
  • No price changes have been noted this week.
  • Cereal hay: +/-0 ($450 to $500/t). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Lucerne hay: +/-0 ($600 to $700/t). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Straw: +/-0 ($270 to $330/t). Prices remain steady this week.
  • Pasture hay: +/-0 ($440 to $450/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.
  • The Government continues to offer subsidies for transport of fodder, moving livestock and water infrastructure to support eligible farmers in NSW affected by drought. This can be backdated to 1st January 2018. For more information and to apply please visit

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