California Weekly Hay Report

ML_GR311

Greeley, CO   Fri Jul 18, 2014   USDA - CO Dept of Ag Market News



California Hay Report



   Compared to last week: Premium and Supreme hay is mostly steady.  Hay below 

good quality traded 3.00 lower this week.  Demand light to moderate on low test 

hay and good to very good on milk test hay.  Wheat straw is showing a firmer 

undertone as many dairies are using it in replace of alfalfa in their rations.  

According to the USDA Drought Monitor: With June in the books, NCDC rankings for 

California for the July 2013-June 2014 period were the warmest and 3rd driest 

since 1895. The only drier July-June periods were in 1923-24 and 1976-77.  All 

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

defined at bottom of report.



Tons:  14,660    Last Week:  29,610    Last Year:  29,222                      



Region 1: North Inter-Mountain:                                                

                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          

  Alfalfa                                                                      

      Supreme                 800  290.00-290.00  290.00     Rain Damage       

  Orchard Grass                                                                

      Premium                1400  260.00-290.00  262.14                       

  Timothy Grass                                                                

      Premium                 100  320.00-320.00  320.00                       



Region 2: Sacramento Valley:                                                   

                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          

  Alfalfa                                                                      

      Premium                 225  290.00-320.00  300.00                       

  Alfalfa/Oat Mix                                                              

      Premium                 125  250.00-250.00  250.00     Organic           

  Orchard Grass                                                                

      Premium                  25  320.00-320.00  320.00                       

  Rye Grass                                                                    

      Premium                  50  210.00-210.00  210.00                       

  Oat                                                                          

      Premium                  15  220.00-220.00  220.00                       

  Rye Grass Straw                                                              

      Good                    250   75.00-75.00    75.00                       



Region 3: Northern San Joaquin Valley:                                         

                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          

  Alfalfa                                                                      

      Supreme                  25  345.00-345.00  345.00 Del                   

      Premium/Supreme        2630  340.00-352.00  347.76 Del                   

      Premium                 200  280.00-280.00  280.00                       

                             1325  300.00-350.00  310.94 Del                   

      Good                   1700  270.00-290.00  284.12 Del                   

  Triticale                                                                    

      Good                     50  237.00-237.00  237.00 Del                   

  Wheat Straw                                                                  

      Good                     50  156.00-156.00  156.00 Del                   



Region 4: Central San Joaquin Valley:                                          

                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          

  Alfalfa                                                                      

      Good                    200  295.00-295.00  295.00 Del                   

      Fair                     75  295.00-295.00  295.00 Del                   

  Wheat Straw                                                                  

      Good                    300  170.00-170.00  170.00 Del                   



Region 5: Southern California:                                                 

                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          

  Alfalfa                                                                      

      Premium                 600  300.00-303.00  301.50                       

                              150  285.00-300.00  290.00     Retail/Stable     

  Forage Mix-Three Way                                                         

      Good                     50  300.00-300.00  300.00                       



Region 6: Southeast California:                                                

                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          

  Alfalfa                                                                      

      Premium                 250  250.00-270.00  262.00     Retail/Stable     

      Good                    300  233.00-233.00  233.00                       

      Fair/Good               180  230.00-230.00  230.00     Retail/Stable     

      Fair                   3300  220.00-220.00  220.00                       

  Bermuda Grass                                                                

      Premium                  75  225.00-225.00  225.00                       

  Sudan                                                                        

      Premium                 210  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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