California Weekly Hay Report

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Greeley, CO   Fri Aug 15, 2014   USDA - CO Dept of Ag Market News



California Hay Report



   Compared to last week: Premium and Supreme hay is mostly steady.  Demand very 

light to light on low test hay and good to very good on milk test hay.  

According to the US crop report released on Tuesday this week, California has 

930,00 acres harvested with yields at 7.00 tons for 2014.  This is up 30,000 

acres and the yield is up .20 tons from last year.  Prices reported FOB at 

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

report.



Tons:  11,325    Last Week:  7165    Last Year:  22,866                        



Region 1: North Inter-Mountain:                                                

                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          

  Alfalfa                                                                      

      Premium                1500  200.00-225.00  220.00                       

                              350  245.00-280.00  250.00     Retail/Stable     

      Good                    200  200.00-200.00  200.00                       

  Alfalfa/Grass Mix                                                            

      Premium                 100  260.00-260.00  260.00                       

  Orchard Grass                                                                

      Premium                 100  320.00-320.00  320.00     Retail/Stable     

  Brome Grass                                                                  

      Premium                 200  260.00-260.00  260.00                       



Region 2: Sacramento Valley:                                                   

                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          

  Alfalfa                                                                      

      Supreme                 620  300.00-310.00  308.39                       

      Premium                  50  316.00-316.00  316.00     Organic           

                              100  250.00-250.00  250.00     Retail/Stable     

      Good/Premium            150  300.00-300.00  300.00                       

      Good                    750  220.00-260.00  225.33                       

                               75  200.00-200.00  200.00     Retail/Stable     

                              100  245.00-245.00  245.00 Del                   

      Fair                    500  240.00-240.00  240.00                       

  Alfalfa/Grass Mix                                                            

      Fair/Good                75  200.00-200.00  200.00                       

  Orchard Grass                                                                

      Premium                  75  300.00-300.00  300.00                       

  Oat                                                                          

      Good                     50  220.00-220.00  220.00                       

      Fair                    150  180.00-180.00  180.00                       

  Wheat                                                                        

      Good                    150  180.00-180.00  180.00                       

      Fair                    150  160.00-160.00  160.00                       

  Wheat Straw                                                                  

      Good                     75  112.50-112.50  112.50                       



Region 3: Northern San Joaquin Valley:                                         

                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          

  Alfalfa                                                                      

      Supreme                 400  350.00-350.00  350.00 Del                   

      Premium                  25  300.00-300.00  300.00     Retail/Stable     

      Fair/Good               750  240.00-240.00  240.00 Del                   

      Fair                     50  230.00-230.00  230.00 Del                   

  Oat                                                                          

      Good                    200  200.00-200.00  200.00 Del                   



Region 4: Central San Joaquin Valley:                                          

                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          

  Alfalfa                                                                      

      Supreme                1000  375.00-375.00  375.00 Del                   

                              150  380.00-380.00  380.00 Del Very High Testing 

      Premium                 200  345.00-345.00  345.00 Del                   



Region 5: Southern California:                                                 

                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          

  Alfalfa                                                                      

      Premium                 300  290.00-290.00  290.00     Retail/Stable     

      Good/Premium            400  250.00-250.00  250.00                       

      Fair                    275  220.00-225.00  223.64                       



Region 6: Southeast California:                                                

                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          

  Alfalfa                                                                      

      Good                    700  215.00-215.00  215.00                       

                              325  230.00-260.00  237.69     Retail/Stable     

      Fair/Good               205  205.00-205.00  205.00                       

                               50  230.00-230.00  230.00     Retail/Stable     

      Fair                    700  190.00-210.00  197.14                       

  Bermuda Grass                                                                

      Premium                  75  225.00-225.00  225.00     Retail/Stable

  

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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