California Weekly Hay Report

ML_GR311

Greeley, CO   Fri May 23, 2014   USDA - CO Dept of Ag Market News



California Hay Report



   Compared to last week: Prices traded mostly steady to firm with instances of 

5.00 higher in most areas.  Demand remained very good in all regions on active 

trading activity.  The supply of hay in California is very tight as regions 2 

through 6 are in full production. Region 1 is still about 2-3 weeks away from 

first cutting.  According to the U.S. drought monitor, all of California is now 

depicted as being in severe drought (D2) or worse this week, with the D3/D4 

areas remaining unchanged. All prices reported FOB at the stack or barn unless 

otherwise noted. Regions are defined at bottom of report.



Tons:  19,000    Last Week:  34,236    Last Year:  33,480                      



Region 1: North Inter-Mountain:                                                

                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          

  Alfalfa                                                                      

      Good                    125  250.00-250.00  250.00                       

  Meadow Grass                                                                

      Premium                  25  300.00-300.00  300.00     Retail/Stable     



Region 2: Sacramento Valley:                                                   

                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          

  Alfalfa                                                                      

      Supreme                 560  310.00-310.00  310.00                       

                               75  320.00-320.00  320.00     Very High Testing 

      Premium                 465  300.00-300.00  300.00                       

                               75  330.00-330.00  330.00     Organic           

                              360  300.00-300.00  300.00     Retail/Stable     

      Good                     50  280.00-280.00  280.00                       

                               25  310.00-310.00  310.00     Organic           

  Alfalfa/Orchard Mix                                                          

      Premium                 250  290.00-290.00  290.00     Retail/Stable     

  Meadow Grass                                                                

      Premium                  50  300.00-300.00  300.00     Retail/Stable     

  Oat Hay                                                                      

      Good                    100  215.00-215.00  215.00                       

                              100  200.00-200.00  200.00     Retail/Stable     

      Utility                 125  150.00-150.00  150.00                       

  Forage Mix-Three Way                                                         

      Good                    300  210.00-210.00  210.00                       



Region 3: Northern San Joaquin Valley:                                         

                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          

  Alfalfa                                                                      

      Supreme                  75  310.00-310.00  310.00                       

                              500  270.00-270.00  270.00     New Seeding       

                              425  343.00-350.00  345.06 Del                   

      Premium                 150  343.00-343.00  343.00 Del                   

      Good                    200  285.00-285.00  285.00                       

                              600  290.00-328.00  302.67 Del                   

  Oat Hay                                                                      

      Good                    200  205.00-205.00  205.00                       

                              100  240.00-245.00  242.50 Del                   

      Utility                 125  180.00-180.00  180.00 Del                   

  Wheat Hay                                                                    

      Good                   2500  225.00-225.00  225.00                       



Region 4: Central San Joaquin Valley:                                          

                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          

  Alfalfa                                                                      

      Supreme                 150  320.00-320.00  320.00                       

                              650  340.00-345.00  341.15 Del                   

      Premium                 500  310.00-310.00  310.00 Del Old Crop          

      Good                     50  270.00-270.00  270.00 Del Old Crop          

  Alfalfa/Oat Mix                                                              

      Premium                 150  260.00-260.00  260.00                       

  Oat Hay                                                                      

      Good                   1700  220.00-230.00  228.82                       

                              200  240.00-240.00  240.00 Del                   

  Corn                                                                         

    Standing                                                                   

      Good                          65.00-65.00    65.00                       

  Wheat Straw                                                                  

      Good                     50  160.00-160.00  160.00 Del                   



Region 5: Southern California:                                                 

                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          

  Alfalfa                                                                      

      Supreme                 675  290.00-310.00  300.74                       

      Premium                 350  260.00-275.00  272.86                       

                              275  280.00-280.00  280.00     Retail/Stable     



Region 6: Southeast California:                                                

                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          

  Alfalfa                                                                      

      Premium                1840  260.00-270.00  264.24                       

                             1300  270.00-270.00  270.00     Export            

                              425  265.00-280.00  269.41     Retail/Stable     

                              150  290.00-290.00  290.00 Del Retail/Stable     

      Good                   2500  260.00-260.00  260.00                       

  Bermuda Grass                                                                

      Premium                 325  215.00-225.00  219.23     Retail/Stable     

  Forage Mix-Three Way                                                         

      Good                    100  240.00-240.00  240.00     Retail/Stable     

  Wheat Straw                                                                  

      Good                     50  100.00-100.00  100.00                       



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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