California Weekly Hay Report

ML_GR311

Greeley, CO   Thu Jul 3, 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.  End users are 

showing resistance at the current price levels on dry cow hay.  Wheat straw is 

showing a firmer undertone as many dairies are using it in replace of alfalfa in 

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

noted. Regions are defined at bottom of report.



Tons:  28,325    Last Week:  21,109    Last Year:  0                           



Region 1: North Inter-Mountain:                                                

                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          

  Alfalfa                                                                      

      Supreme                1700  280.00-285.00  284.12                       

                              300  280.00-280.00  280.00     Contracted        

                              750  295.00-300.00  297.00     Very High Testing 

      Premium                 150  270.00-270.00  270.00                       

                               75  260.00-280.00  266.67     Retail/Stable     

  Alfalfa/Orchard Mix                                                          

      Premium                  50  260.00-260.00  260.00     Retail/Stable     

  Orchard Grass                                                                

      Premium                 500  315.00-315.00  315.00                       

  Timothy Grass                                                                

      Premium                 150  347.00-357.00  352.00     Retail/Stable     

  Meadow Grass                                                                

      Premium                 225  260.00-260.00  260.00     Retail/Stable     

  Wheat Hay                                                                    

      Good                    200  220.00-220.00  220.00                       

  Triticale                                                                    

      Good                     60  220.00-220.00  220.00                       

  Alfalfa/Triticale Mix                                                        

      Good                     60  230.00-230.00  230.00                       



Region 2: Sacramento Valley:                                                   

                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          

  Alfalfa                                                                      

      Premium                  25  300.00-300.00  300.00                       

      Good                     75  250.00-250.00  250.00     Retail/Stable     

  Oat Hay                                                                      

      Good                     50  180.00-180.00  180.00                       

  Wheat Hay                                                                    

      Good                    150  200.00-220.00  213.33                       

      Fair                    350  160.00-160.00  160.00                       

  Forage Mix-Three Way                                                         

      Good                    300  195.00-195.00  195.00     Retail/Stable     



Region 3: Northern San Joaquin Valley:                                         

                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          

  Alfalfa                                                                      

      Supreme                  50  350.00-350.00  350.00     Very High Testing 

                              280  355.00-360.00  358.57 Del                   

                              200  365.00-370.00  366.25 Del Very High Testing 

      Premium/Supreme        1200  355.00-355.00  355.00 Del                   

      Premium                1350  315.00-330.00  325.74                       

                             1000  290.00-300.00  295.00     Export            

                               50  300.00-300.00  300.00     Retail/Stable     

                             1850  340.00-350.00  346.49 Del                   

      Good                   1350  280.00-300.00  287.78                       

                              500  300.00-315.00  303.00 Del                   

  Alfalfa/Rye Mix                                                              

      Premium                  50  300.00-300.00  300.00     Retail/Stable     

  Milo                                                                         

    Standing                                                                   

                                    50.00-50.00    50.00                       

  Wheat Hay                                                                    

      Good                     50  228.00-228.00  228.00 Del                   

  Wheat Straw                                                                  

      Good                   2000  150.00-150.00  150.00                       

                             7750  155.00-165.00  161.45 Del                   



Region 4: Central San Joaquin Valley:                                          

                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          

  Alfalfa                                                                      

      Premium                 500  300.00-300.00  300.00     Contracted        

      Good                    150  275.00-275.00  275.00                       

                              150  295.00-295.00  295.00 Del                   

      Fair                    100  280.00-280.00  280.00 Del                   

  Corn                                                                         

    Standing                                                                   

                                    65.00-65.00    65.00                       

  Wheat Straw                                                                  

      Good                    100  130.00-130.00  130.00                       

                              100  160.00-160.00  160.00 Del                   



Region 5: Southern California:                                                 

                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          

  Alfalfa                                                                      

      Premium                 650  300.00-305.00  303.85                       

                              325  285.00-295.00  285.77     Retail/Stable     

      Good                    150  290.00-290.00  290.00                       

      Fair                    275  270.00-270.00  270.00                       



Region 6: Southeast California:                                                

                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          

  Alfalfa                                                                      

      Premium                  50  260.00-260.00  260.00     Retail/Stable     

      Good                    100  252.00-252.00  252.00     Export            

      Fair                   2400  225.00-235.00  228.63                       

                               25  220.00-220.00  220.00     Retail/Stable     

  Bermuda Grass                                                                

      Fair                    400  195.00-195.00  195.00     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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