- Over the years we have received mixed feedback on the quality of canola hay from buyers.
- Our experience is that canola cut for hay when in full flower makes very good hay and is highly saleable. It will feed test well and be attractive to sheep and cattle.
- Canola cut post full flower is variable in quality.
The Hay Market:
- Cows eat 365 days of the year. Demand continues all year. In dry years the demand is higher, but even in good years we typically run out of hay to sell. We have been trading for 16 years and there has only been 2 years where we had a significant carryover, the most recent being 2016. In reality all product harvested in Spring 2016 was sold by early to mid winter in 2018.
- This year we have bought cereal hay from W.A to Northern NSW, we have bought sugar cane tops from Far North Qld to Central NSW and “bush” hay from the Northern Territory to various locations throughout NSW.
- It is O.K to bale hay now, even if you do not have it sold. Our experience is that we are short of hay most years.
Hot Tips For Making and Selling Hay:
- Heavy bales sell first, because they are cheaper to transport, choose a contractor with a modern baler, preferably a high density bales
- Heavy bales are more robust during storage and transport and shed water more effectively then soft bales
- Look after your hay post baling. Sheds are best, otherwise hay caps and tarps are acceptable. Uncovered stacks are a risk but probably a risk that is tolerable in dry years.