California Weekly Hay Report

ML_GR311

Greeley, CO   Fri May 9, 2014   USDA - CO Dept of Ag Market News



California Hay Report



   Compared to last week: Prices traded mostly steady to firm in most areas.  

Demand remained very good in all regions on active trading activity.  The supply 

of hay in California is very tight. Region 1 is still a month away from starting 

production.  Irrigation water is still the talk of the area due to the extreme 

drought.  All prices reported FOB at the stack or barn unless otherwise 

noted. Regions are defined at bottom of report.



Tons:  58,645    Last Week:  19,022    Last Year:  0                           



Region 1: North Inter-Mountain:                                                

                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          

  Alfalfa                                                                      

      Good                     50  245.00-245.00  245.00 Del                   



Region 2: Sacramento Valley:                                                   

                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          

  Alfalfa                                                                      

      Supreme                 100  290.00-290.00  290.00     Retail/Stable     

      Premium                 900  270.00-300.00  295.56                       

                              200  260.00-260.00  260.00     Retail/Stable     

  Alfalfa/Orchard Mix                                                          

      Good/Premium            100  275.00-275.00  275.00                       

  Orchard Grass                                                                

      Good                    100  300.00-300.00  300.00     Retail/Stable     

  Oat                                                                          

      Good                     25  200.00-200.00  200.00     Retail/Stable     



Region 3: Northern San Joaquin Valley:                                         

                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          

  Alfalfa                                                                      

      Supreme                1450  300.00-320.00  313.10                       

      Premium                 300  325.00-325.00  325.00                       

      Good                    200  245.00-245.00  245.00                       

                              800  270.00-300.00  281.25 Del                   

      Fair                    250  240.00-240.00  240.00     Rain Damage       

  Orchard Grass                                                                

      Good                    150  325.00-325.00  325.00                       

  Rye/Wheat                                                                    

      Good                    100  215.00-215.00  215.00 Del                   

  Oat                                                                          

      Good                    200  245.00-245.00  245.00 Del                   

  Wheat                                                                       

      Good                    375  225.00-225.00  225.00                       



Region 4: Central San Joaquin Valley:                                          

                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          

  Alfalfa                                                                      

      Supreme                 200  358.00-358.00  358.00 Del                   

      Premium                 150  324.00-324.00  324.00 Del                   

      Good                    175  300.00-300.00  300.00 Del                   

  Wheat Silage                                                                      

      Good                 40,000   55.00-55.00    55.00     Standing          



Region 5: Southern California:                                                 

                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          

  Alfalfa                                                                      

      Supreme                2575  303.00-312.00  311.13                       

      Premium                1125  285.00-310.00  306.54                       

      Good                    375  260.00-260.00  260.00                       

                               55  275.00-275.00  275.00     Weedy             

  Forage Mix-Three Way                                                         

      Good                    495  264.00-264.00  264.00                       



Region 6: Southeast California:                                                

                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          

  Alfalfa                                                                      

      Supreme                 550  265.00-270.00  268.64                       

                             1300  270.00-270.00  270.00     Export            

      Premium/Supreme          75  275.00-275.00  275.00     Retail/Stable     

      Premium                2730  265.00-265.00  265.00                       

                               75  280.00-280.00  280.00     Contracted        

                             1600  265.00-270.00  266.88     Export            

                              300  270.00-280.00  276.67     Retail/Stable     

                              250  245.00-245.00  245.00     Weedy             

      Good/Premium             50  255.00-255.00  255.00                       

                               50  240.00-240.00  240.00     Organic           

      Good                    800  240.00-265.00  255.00                       

  Bermuda Grass                                                                

      Good                     25  220.00-220.00  220.00                       

                              125  200.00-200.00  200.00     Export            

                              175  220.00-220.00  220.00     Retail/Stable     

  Barley                                                                       

      Good                     90  210.00-210.00  210.00                       





Region 1: North Inter-Mountain: Siskiyou, Modoc, Shasta, Lassen, and Plumas.  

Region 2: Sacramento Valley: Tehama, Glenn, Butte, Colusa, Sutter, Yuba, 

Sierra, Nevada, Placer, Yolo, El Dorado, Solano, Sacramento, Amador, and 

Alpine.  

Region 3: Northern San Joaquin Valley: San Joaquin, Calaveras, Stanislaus, 

Tuolumne, Mono, Merced, Mariposa. 

Region 4: Central San Joaquin Valley: Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare, and 

Inyo. 

Region 5: Southern California: Kern, Northeast Los Angeles, and Western San 

Bernardino.   

Region 6: Southeast California: Eastern San Bernardino, Riverside, and 

Imperial.



Alfalfa hay test guidelines, (for domestic livestock use and not more than 

10% grass), used with visual appearance and intent of sale Quantitative 

factors are approximate and many factors can affect feeding value.



             ADF     NDF     RFV     TDN-100%    TDN-90%   CP-100%

 Supreme     185      >62       >55.9       >22

 Premium    27-29   34-36   170-185   60.5-62   54.5-55.9   20-22

 Good       29-32   36-40   150-170    58-60    52.5-54.5   18-20

 Fair       32-35   40-44   130-150    56-58    50.5-52.5   16-18

 Utility     >35     >44     


   ADF = Acid Detergent Fiber; NDF = Neutral Detergent Fiber; RFV = Relative 

Feed Value; TDN = Total Digestible nutrients. RFV calculated using the 

Wis/Minn formula.  TDN calculated using the western formula. Values based on 

100% dry matter, TDN both 90% and 100%.      

 

Source:  USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News Service, Greeley, CO

         Jonathan Gittlein 970-353-9750 

         Greeley.LGMN@ams.usda.gov

         www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/ML_GR311.txt

         http://marketnews.usda.gov/portal/lg



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