California Weekly Hay Report

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Greeley, CO   Fri Jul 25, 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 6.00 lower this week in region 6.  Demand light to moderate 

on low test hay and good to very good on milk test hay.  According to the USDA 

Drought Monitor; in California, the June 30 reservoir update (based upon 154 

intrastate reservoirs) had storage at 60% of average – better than this time in 

1977 where storage was at a record low of 41%. Prices reported FOB at the stack 

or barn unless otherwise noted. Regions are defined at bottom of report.



Tons:  18,865    Last Week:  14,660    Last Year:  13,033                      



Region 1: North Inter-Mountain:                                                

                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          

  Alfalfa                                                                      

      Supreme                 400  300.00-300.00  300.00                       

      Premium/Supreme         250  270.00-270.00  270.00                       

      Premium                1040  240.00-270.00  245.72     Retail/Stable     

  Orchard Grass                                                                

      Premium                 250  290.00-290.00  290.00     Retail/Stable     

  Brome Grass                                                                  

      Premium                 500  260.00-260.00  260.00     Retail/Stable     

  Triticale                                                                    

      Good                    500  170.00-170.00  170.00                       



Region 2: Sacramento Valley:                                                   

                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          

  Alfalfa                                                                      

      Premium                  75  300.00-300.00  300.00                       

                              325  270.00-300.00  276.92     Retail/Stable     

      Good                    245  265.00-265.00  265.00                       

      Fair                    140  255.00-255.00  255.00                       

  Alfalfa/Orchard Mix                                                          

      Premium                 275  280.00-280.00  280.00                       

  Orchard Grass                                                                

      Premium                  50  320.00-320.00  320.00     Retail/Stable     

  Rye Grass                                                                    

      Premium                 125  210.00-210.00  210.00     Retail/Stable     

  Oat                                                                          

      Premium                  75  220.00-220.00  220.00     Retail/Stable     

      Good                     25  220.00-220.00  220.00     Retail/Stable     

  Wheat                                                                        

      Premium                 175  180.00-190.00  181.43     Retail/Stable     

  Rice Straw                                                                   

      Good                    400   75.00-75.00    75.00     Retail/Stable     



Region 3: Northern San Joaquin Valley:                                         

                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          

  Alfalfa                                                                      

      Supreme                 240  340.00-340.00  340.00                       

                              300  355.00-355.00  355.00 Del                   

      Premium                 330  300.00-325.00  312.88                       

      Good                   1070  275.00-295.00  284.16                       

      Fair                   1000  290.00-290.00  290.00 Del                   

  Oat                                                                          

      Good                    125  210.00-210.00  210.00 Del                   

  Wheat                                                                        

      Good                    400  228.00-228.00  228.00 Del                   

  Triticale                                                                    

      Good                     50  236.00-236.00  236.00 Del                   



Region 4: Central San Joaquin Valley:                                          

                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          

  Alfalfa                                                                      

      Premium                  75  270.00-270.00  270.00                       

      Good/Premium           2000  290.00-290.00  290.00 Del                   

  Wheat Straw                                                                  

      Good                    200  165.00-165.00  165.00 Del                   



Region 5: Southern California:                                                 

                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          

  Alfalfa                                                                      

      Supreme                 150  280.00-290.00  288.33                       

      Premium                  75  270.00-270.00  270.00                       

                              375  300.00-300.00  300.00     Retail/Stable     

      Good                    650  260.00-260.00  260.00                       

      Fair                    750  252.00-252.00  252.00                       



Region 6: Southeast California:                                                

                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          

  Alfalfa                                                                      

      Premium                  25  250.00-250.00  250.00     Retail/Stable     

      Fair                   5750  210.00-230.00  214.35                       

  Sudan                                                                        

      Premium                 450  215.00-230.00  221.67                       





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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