Gippsland is the main growth region where a boost in demand for quality cereal hay has resulted in a price rise recently.
The majority of cereal is now trading at between $150 and $170/tonne but there is poor quality feed available for around $110/tonne.
Good rainfall throughout the region has given crops the boost they needed following a dry June.
Growers have reinstated a positive production outlook for the year.
Mice continue to be a real issue for growers.
The Dairy Australia report notes that good quality protein hay is becoming increasingly difficult to source and as a result prices could rise.
Hay traders are expecting the region’s market to subdue in the coming month.
Dairy Australia recommends getting a mould and yeast test and feed test to ensure value for money this season.
Prices from July:
Cereal hay: +$10 ($110 to $170/tonne). Prices firmed this week.
Lucerne hay: +/-$0 ($220 to $250/tonne). Prices remain steady this week.
Straw: +/-$0 ($90 to $130/tonne). Prices remain steady this week.
Pasture hay: No supply reportedly available.