UPDATE – 9th March 2020
Good rains are falling on the coast but the picture inland is of significantly less rainfall. While the persistent showers inland have been good for growing, the creeks are not flowing and the water table is not being re-charged. Irrigation during winter may be restricted unless we have good rain before the end of autumn.
Finally, supply is exceeding demand and farmers’ sheds are filling up with lucerne and grass. Whether our growing season is long enough to supply us over winter is not certain. This over-supply has resulted in a recent fall in prices and this new hay has now hit the shop floor. (See prices table).
Our chaff supply is still relying on supplies from SA and Victoria and we should have a steady supply at current prices.
GRASSY ROUND BALES
Our local produces of Grassy round bales are holding off until next month for cutting to maximise the volume we get from the crop. This is because it is unlikely we will get two cuts before autumn slows growth down.
We have sourced some 3ft x 4ft Grassy Round Bales from North Queensland and these are now available at the shop for $160.00 each.
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.