California Weekly Hay Report

ML_GR311

Greeley, CO   Fri Oct 3, 2014   USDA - CO Dept of Ag Market News



California Hay Report



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

undertone.  Demand light and trading activity slow.  Region 6 was hit with a few 

inches of rain this week with some reports of water damaged hay in barns.  Fall 

temperatures arrived this week with hopes of a wet fall to help with the 

drought.  Prices reported FOB at the stack or barn unless otherwise noted. 

Regions are defined at bottom of 

report.



Tons:  13,775    Last Week:  7675    Last Year:  0                             



Region 1: North Inter-Mountain:                                                

                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          

  Alfalfa                                                                      

      Premium                 625  265.00-280.00  273.40                       

      Good/Premium            500  235.00-235.00  235.00                       

                              525  230.00-240.00  231.43     Retail/Stable     

      Good                    100  200.00-200.00  200.00     Retail/Stable     

  Alfalfa/Orchard Mix                                                          

      Good/Premium            500  260.00-260.00  260.00     Retail/Stable     

  Orchard Grass                                                                

      Premium                 400  305.00-305.00  305.00                       



Region 2: Sacramento Valley:                                                   

                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          

  Alfalfa                                                                      

      Supreme                  50  310.00-310.00  310.00                       

      Premium                  50  300.00-300.00  300.00     Retail/Stable     

      Good/Premium            125  255.00-255.00  255.00     Retail/Stable     

      Fair                     40  180.00-180.00  180.00     Grassy            

  Orchard Grass                                                                

      Premium                  50  320.00-320.00  320.00     Retail/Stable     

  Oat                                                                          

      Good                     50  220.00-220.00  220.00     Retail/Stable     

  Rice Straw                                                                   

      Good                    475   75.00-75.00    75.00     Retail/Stable     

                              250   87.50-87.50    87.50 Del                   

  Wheat Straw                                                                  

      Good                    175  129.00-129.00  129.00                       



Region 3: Northern San Joaquin Valley:                                         

                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          

  Alfalfa                                                                      

      Supreme                 160  290.00-290.00  290.00                       

                              750  320.00-340.00  332.00 Del                   

      Premium                  80  175.00-175.00  175.00     Grassy            

      Good/Premium            130  250.00-250.00  250.00                       

                              200  250.00-250.00  250.00 Del                   

      Good                     65  210.00-210.00  210.00                       

      Fair/Good              1500  225.00-225.00  225.00 Del                   

      Fair                   1000  220.00-220.00  220.00 Del                   

                               50  205.00-205.00  205.00 Del Grassy            

  Orchard Grass                                                                

      Premium                  75  325.00-325.00  325.00                       

  Wheat                                                                        

      Good                    150  200.00-200.00  200.00 Del                   

  Oat Straw                                                                    

      Good                   1500  140.00-140.00  140.00 Del                   



Region 4: Central San Joaquin Valley:                                          

                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          

  Alfalfa                                                                      

      Fair                    675  212.00-240.00  213.04 Del                   

                              400  180.00-180.00  180.00 Del Rain Damage       

  Rice Straw                                                                   

      Good                   2000  120.00-120.00  120.00 Del                   



Region 5: Southern California:                                                 

                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          

  Alfalfa                                                                      

      Good                    375  280.00-285.00  282.67     Retail/Stable     

  Bermuda Grass                                                                

      Premium                 100  240.00-240.00  240.00     Retail/Stable     



Region 6: Southeast California:                                                

                             Tons   Price Range   Wtd Avg    Comments          

  Alfalfa                                                                      

      Good/Premium            250  250.00-255.00  251.00     Retail/Stable     

      Good                    250  220.00-220.00  220.00     Retail/Stable     

  Bermuda Grass                                                                

      Premium                 150  225.00-240.00  235.00     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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