California Weekly Hay Report

ML_GR311

Greeley, CO   Fri June 20, 2014   USDA - CO Dept of Ag Market News



California Hay Report



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

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

in California is very tight as all regions are in full production.  Region 6 is 

facing the summer heat and quality of hay is dropping.  The summer also is 

bringing on the water usage from wells and they have been dropping and 

maintenance to extend those wells are a month or two out for the service.  All 

prices reported FOB at the stack or barn unless otherwise noted. Regions are 

defined at bottom of report.



Tons:  12,751    Last Week:  10,134    Last Year:  25,417                      



Region 1: North Inter-Mountain:                                                

                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          

  Alfalfa                                                                      

      Supreme                 100  290.00-290.00  290.00                       

      Premium/Supreme         100  250.00-250.00  250.00     Weedy             

      Premium                 300  300.00-300.00  300.00                       

                              750  280.00-290.00  286.00     Export            

                              100  310.00-310.00  310.00     Organic           

                              125  250.00-260.00  258.00     Retail/Stable     

      Good/Premium             75  250.00-250.00  250.00     Retail/Stable     

  Alfalfa/Orchard Mix                                                          

      Premium                  75  260.00-260.00  260.00                       

  Alfalfa/Grass Mix                                                            

      Premium                  75  265.00-265.00  265.00     Retail/Stable     

  Orchard Grass                                                                

      Premium                 125  290.00-300.00  298.00                       

                               25  280.00-280.00  280.00     Retail/Stable     

  Timothy Grass                                                                

      Premium                  75  300.00-300.00  300.00     Retail/Stable     

  Brome Grass                                                                  

      Good                    100  260.00-260.00  260.00 Del Retail/Stable     

  Wheat                                                                        

      Good                    250  157.00-157.00  157.00                       

  Triticale                                                                    

      Good                    150  150.00-150.00  150.00                       

  Forage Mix-Three Way                                                         

      Good                    300  190.00-190.00  190.00     Retail/Stable     



Region 2: Sacramento Valley:                                                   

                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          

  Alfalfa                                                                      

      Premium                 255  280.00-280.00  280.00                       

                              605  280.00-300.00  294.88     Retail/Stable     

      Good/Premium             75  300.00-300.00  300.00     Organic           

  Orchard Grass                                                                

      Premium                  50  300.00-300.00  300.00     Retail/Stable     

  Oat                                                                          

      Good                    130  250.00-250.00  250.00     Organic           

                              100  200.00-200.00  200.00     Retail/Stable     



Region 3: Northern San Joaquin Valley:                                         

                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          

  Alfalfa                                                                      

      Supreme                  85  340.00-340.00  340.00                       

                               55  348.00-348.00  348.00     Very High Testing 

      Good                    525  295.00-330.00  308.33                       

  Wheat Straw                                                                  

      Good                   1500  150.00-150.00  150.00                       



Region 4: Central San Joaquin Valley:                                          

                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          

  Alfalfa                                                                      

      Supreme                 250  345.00-345.00  345.00 Del                   

      Good/Premium            250  320.00-320.00  320.00 Del                   

  Oat                                                                          

      Good                    300  255.00-255.00  255.00 Del                   

  Wheat Straw                                                                  

      Good                    125  213.00-213.00  213.00 Del                   



Region 5: Southern California:                                                 

                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          

  Alfalfa                                                                      

      Premium                 600  275.00-300.00  294.79     Retail/Stable     

      Good/Premium             92  285.00-285.00  285.00                       

      Fair/Good               304  258.00-265.00  260.76                       

  Forage Mix-Three Way                                                         

      Fair/Good                75  240.00-240.00  240.00     Retail/Stable     



Region 6: Southeast California:                                                

                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          

  Alfalfa                                                                      

      Premium/Supreme         100  270.00-270.00  270.00     Retail/Stable     

      Premium                  50  265.00-265.00  265.00                       

                               25  260.00-260.00  260.00     Retail/Stable     

      Good/Premium            300  268.00-268.00  268.00                       

      Good                     50  240.00-240.00  240.00                       

                              600  252.00-255.00  254.00     Export            

                              200  250.00-250.00  250.00     Retail/Stable     

  Sudan                                                                        

      Premium                 160  265.00-265.00  265.00                       

      Good/Premium            915  228.00-235.00  231.33                       

      Good                    250  210.00-215.00  213.00                       

                             2000  200.00-200.00  200.00     Export            





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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