Australia is facing a shortage of hay this winter, despite plenty of demand from farmers wanting to feed hungry stock.
Nick McClelland, from the Australian Fodder Industry Association, urges buyers to stick to their budgets and get their hay tested.
"We're now starting to scrape the bottom of the barrel as far as quality goes, where there is very little 2011 produced hay around now and all those stocks have been eaten," he said.
"A lot of the hay that is being traded now is from 2010, which was a pretty ordinary year for trying to cure hay and there was a lot of weather damage."
By Leeanne Torpey (www.abc.net.au) Thursday, 19/07/2012