Seasonal Shifts: 2023/24 Insights – a chat with Kimberley Detmers and Stephen Page

In the second episode of the Hay Matters Podcast, we’re discussing the 2023/24 hay season and positive trends we’ve seen across quality, testing, and storage, with Kimberley Detmers and Stephen Page.

Episode Highlights:

  • Kimberley reports increased testing rates in the lab as growers work to differentiate their product amongst strong competition.
  • Results point to a trend of increased sugars and proteins across the board, boosting overall nutrient quality.
  • Water soluble carbohydrates (WSC) are up 10% in cereal hays.
  • In New South Wales, the season has produced exceptional cereal hay, with 58% of inspected product rated FCA or FCAA, a fantastic increase from last year’s 16%, which Steve attributes to favourable weather and optimal baling conditions.
  • Bale weights for cereal hay have seen a 16% increase from last year, resulting in more efficient freight and higher nutrient density per bale, which has led to ongoing benefit for growers with shedded hay.
  • Despite an excellent season, damage to paddock stacked hay has been an ongoing issue, highlighting the need for quality storage during severe weather events.

Stay up to date and learn more about the industry with the Feed Central Hay Matters Podcast – your portal to the intricate world of hay, brought to life through real stories and expert analysis.

Lucerne and Vetch: 2022-24

Lucerne and Vetch: 2022-24

Cereal Hay: 2022-24

Cereal Hay: 2022-24


  • Kimberley Detmers

    Kimberley is our Quality Services Operations Manager and manages the Feed Central laboratory. She has a Bachelor of Science (Animal and Veterinary Bioscience) from University of Queensland and her role involves analysing the nutritional composition of feed samples, speaking with clients about their results, and liaising with our partners to constantly improve our lab capabilities.

  • Steve Page

    Steve is the Grower Services Manager at Feed Central and has an over 30 years of experience in the agricultural industry, including working for Elders and managing an agricultural business in the Goondiwindi region producing grain, cotton, wool, and beef, with diplomas in Rural Business Management and Agriculture.

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