California Weekly Hay Report

ML_GR311

Greeley, CO   Fri Sep 26, 2014   USDA - CO Dept of Ag Market News



California Hay Report



   Compared to last week: All classes trading mostly steady with a weaker 

undertone.  Region 1 and 2 received some rain this week.  Reports ranged from a 

quarter inch up to 2 inches.  Buyers want to buy hay cheaper and sellers are 

trying to keep prices up.  Many producers are retaining the remainder of their 

hay for their own use or putting it into the hay shed hoping for better prices 

this winter.  Demand light and trading activity slow.  Prices reported FOB at 

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

report.



Tons:  7675    Last Week:  11,800    Last Year:  17,371                        



Region 1: North Inter-Mountain:                                                

                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          

  Alfalfa                                                                      

      Premium                 150  275.00-275.00  275.00                       

                              300  280.00-280.00  280.00     Export            

                              850  310.00-310.00  310.00     Organic           

                               25  280.00-280.00  280.00     Retail/Stable     

      Good                    300  290.00-290.00  290.00     Organic           

  Alfalfa/Orchard Mix                                                          

      Premium                  25  300.00-300.00  300.00     Retail/Stable     

  Orchard Grass                                                                

      Premium                  50  320.00-320.00  320.00     Retail/Stable     

  Meadow Grass                                                                

      Premium                  75  260.00-260.00  260.00     Retail/Stable     



Region 2: Sacramento Valley:                                                   

                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          

  Alfalfa                                                                      

      Supreme                 350  300.00-310.00  301.43                       

                               25  350.00-350.00  350.00     Organic           

      Premium                 150  285.00-285.00  285.00                       

      Good/Premium             50  270.00-270.00  270.00                       

      Good                    350  260.00-260.00  260.00                       

                               50  310.00-310.00  310.00     Organic           



Region 3: Northern San Joaquin Valley:                                         

                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          

  Alfalfa                                                                      

      Supreme                 400  300.00-300.00  300.00                       

                              175  335.00-335.00  335.00     Very High Testing 

      Premium                 275  280.00-300.00  294.55                       

      Good                    550  240.00-250.00  242.73                       

      Fair                    700  215.00-215.00  215.00                       

  Wheat Hay                                                                    

      Good                    200  175.00-175.00  175.00                       

  Sudan                                                                        

      Good                    250  185.00-185.00  185.00     Export            



Region 4: Central San Joaquin Valley: No New Sales Confirmed.                  



Region 5: Southern California:                                                 

                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          

  Alfalfa                                                                      

      Premium/Supreme         325  260.00-272.00  268.31                       

      Premium                  75  255.00-255.00  255.00                       

                              175  290.00-290.00  290.00     Retail/Stable     

      Utility                 200  205.00-205.00  205.00                       

                              175  185.00-185.00  185.00     Grassy            

  Orchard Grass                                                                

      Premium                 100  300.00-300.00  300.00     Retail/Stable     

  Forage Mix-Three Way                                                         

      Premium                  75  270.00-270.00  270.00     Retail/Stable     



Region 6: Southeast California:                                                

                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          

  Alfalfa                                                                      

      Premium                 250  220.00-220.00  220.00     Export            

                              200  220.00-225.00  222.50     Retail/Stable     

      Good                    500  200.00-200.00  200.00     Export            

      Utility                 300  150.00-150.00  150.00     Rain Damage       



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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