UPDATE – 1st August
Due to a combination of slow supply and high demand, we are currently out of all grade of lucerne until the next baling expect around 10th August which will be prime hay. We hope a second grade available shortly after.
Barley Hay is in full harvest and will continue to be cut and baled until the start of September. We will store as much as we can to see us into summer. We will also keep a stock of bales for bagging into smaller amounts, to serve our guinea pig customers, which will be available into next year.
Grassy hay is available but in small squares tends to be quite coarse, late season hay. Ironically, most of the good quality local grass hay baled before April was put into large round bales. We are expecting some grassy hay from North Queensland in shop mid week (late Wed 5th Aug).
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. We anticipate lean times so our target is to shed several hundreds of these for winter and until the new grass is in , probably November.
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.