Richmond, VA Thu Apr 18, 2013 USDA-VA Dept of Ag Market News
Virginia Hay Report
Rushville Semimonthly Hay Auction, Harrisonburg, VA on Wed Apr 17, 2013
Prices per ton FOB unless otherwise noted.
Most loads delivered free within 10 miles of auction site.
Delivery beyond 10 miles mostly 2.50 per mile.
Hay 23 tons
Alfalfa, Orchardgrass mix
Premium 91.00 per bale
Good 45.00 per bale
Good 5.50 per bale
Good 39.00 per bale
Good 33.00-36.00 per bale
Good 3.00 per bale
Large square 21.00 per bale
Good 46.00 per bale
The following can be used to estimate bale weights:
Alfalfa Other (Orchardgrass, Timothy, Mixed)
Small Square 45-55 lbs 35-45 lbs
Large Square 750-850 lbs 650-750 lbs
Small Round under 1000 lbs under 1000 lbs
Large Round over 1000 lbs over 1000 lbs
Official USDA hay standards/grades do not exist. The following hay
quality designations and guidelines are used to describe and report
For domestic livestock use and not more than 10% grass
Quality ADF NDF RFV TDN-100% TDN-90% CP
Supreme <27 <34 >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 <130 <56 <50.5 <16
RFV calculated using the WI/MN formula. TDN calculated using the
western formula. Quantitative factors approximate and many factors can
affect feeding value. Values based on 100% dry matter (TDN showing
both 100% and 90%). Guidelines used with visual appearance and intent
ADF Acid Detergent Fiber
CP Crude Protein
NDF Neutral Detergent Fiber
RFV Relative Feed Value
TDN Total Digestible Nutrients
Quality Crude Protein Percent
Quantitative factors approximate and many factors affect feeding
value. Values based on 100% dry matter. End usage may influence
hay price or value more than testing results.
Source: Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
USDA-VA Market News, Richmond, VA 804.786.3947
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