UPDATE – 13th May
Still no significant rainfall and signs for winter are grim. Low shed stock at the farm and reduced bore water reserves mean hay will continue to be scarce unless the heavens open any time soon.
Lucerne will continue to be grown through winter but some farmers may not have enough water to grow their usual amount of acreage and plant drought resistant crops instead.
Barley Hay is very a very thirsty crop in the early stages so it is unlikely there will be as much seed put down as is normal. The Barley Hay is typically bales between late July until early September.
The brief, but good rainfall we have a couple of months ago did result in some good grass growth and we are currently stocking up Grassy Round Bales which we hope will see us through winter. So far we have more than we have had in recent years so this is a positive sign. On the other hand, not so many small square bales were made and these will probably become scarce in coming weeks.
Our chaff supply is steady and current prices should be sustainable.
GRASSY ROUND BALES
Our primary producer of Grassy Round Bales now has good quality 4ft x 4ft round bales which we have in storage and will ferry to the shop as required. Prices remain at $160 each. Our target is to shed several hundreds of these for winter as we anticipate lean times.
We have still have 3ft x 4ft Grassy Round Bales from North Queensland and these are also $160.00 each so will most probably be back-up stock for winter.
We source all our hay from local farmers with whom we have established long relationships. We collect direct from the farm several times per week and our aim is maintain a reliable stock of fresh feed all year, even when supply is short.
Our chaff is locally cut and bagged specifically for Brendale Produce using high temperature steam treatment to maintain freshness, ensuring it is always to our standards.
We primarily stock several grades of lucerne as well as grassy and barley hay in standard square, small round and large round bales. The table below shows bale types currently supplied by farmers in our region. Actual availability is seasonal.